Hatch & Boost Launches AgriTech Startup World of Farming
Hatch & Boost Ventures, an Abu Dhabi-based venture builder dedicated to 'hatching' startup ideas, has announced the launch of its first agritech startup in its portfolio, World of Farming (WoF).
World of Farming is introducing a first-of-its-kind hydroponic fodder (livestock feed) farming methodology for the meat and dairy industry to the Middle East market, which aims to address these challenges and enhance the sector sustainability.
The UAE and other Gulf nations are known to have a harsh environment for farming due high temperatures, scarcity of arable land, and limited freshwater resources.
As a result, the UAE imports 80-90% of the food it consumes, including livestock feed.
In line with the UAE’s National Food Strategy 2051, WoF’s vertical farming model will enable local farmers to produce fresh, and cost-effective, local alternatives to international imports of animal fodder independently, efficiently, and more sustainably.
The startup will be making this possible through its patent-pending proprietary methodology called, ‘The Cattleyst’. This full circular farming methodology sustainably produces livestock feed through a closed loop system that reduces methane emissions to the atmosphere.
This approach will supply the local dairy and meat industry with highly nutritious, herbicides and pesticides free animal feed at reduced cost, using up to 90% less water and up to 90% less land than traditional farming.