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UAE to establish region’s first spirulina farm
The UAE will set up a spirulina farming project on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi boarder, the first farm of its kind in the Middle East...
July 26, 2009 2:15 by Dana El Baltaji
The UAE will set up a spirulina farming project on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi boarder, the first farm of its kind in the Middle East, reports Khaleej Times. A United Nations body will oversee the farming project.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae rich with energy and nutrients; it is commonly used to provide much-needed nutritional help to poor nations worldwide.
Remigio Maradona, director general of the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, and cousin of ex-footballer Diego Maradona, was in the UAE recently to promote the project and secure donations.
“A philanthropist has offered one kilometer square of land on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border for the farm. We are in the process of finalizing the donation,” he told Khaleej Times. The land was also backed by a $1 million donation.
According to Maradona, the algae will be ready for harvest by mid-September.