Bahrain: ‘Shortage Of Water Affecting Agricultural Sector’ Says Official

The ministry has been exploring latest technologies to overcome challenges in the agricultural sector.
The ministry has been exploring latest technologies to overcome challenges in the agricultural sector.

Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Abdulkarim, the Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture Affairs stated that the main challenges faced by the agricultural sector in the Kingdom are the scarcity of agricultural land, salinisation of soil and lack of water.

“The department has been trying to overcome these challenges by adopting agricultural technological methods such as hydroponics and aquaponics as well as modern irrigation techniques and all of them have proved successful,’’ said Dr. Abdulkarim.

The ministry has been exploring the latest technologies to overcome challenges in the agricultural sector.

The official said that the agricultural sector is constantly developing locally, regionally and globally, thanks to modern technologies in the use of alternative energy sources such as solar energy, the expansion of treated water use, plant varieties tolerant to salinity and drought, in addition to biotechnology in improving plant genetic traits, and methods of control agricultural pests and methods of monitoring through remote sensing systems.

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