Engineering an agri success: Father-son duo credits it all to tech
January 06 2018 09:20 PM
Dr Salem al-Naemi (left) and his son Nasser at their stall at Made in Qatar. PICTURES: Jayaram
Dr Salem al-Naemi (left) and his son Nasser at their stall at Made in Qatar. PICTURE: Jayaram

A Qatari father-son duo, both engineers, are sparing no efforts to enhance production at their farm by using the latest technologies available in the field.

The farm, spread over more than 100 acres, is located to the north of Doha.
Speaking to Gulf Times recently, Dr Salem al-Naemi, managing director of Eden Farm, said he has been cultivating a number of varieties of vegetables at his farm to cater to the local requirements.
Expressing gratitude to Qatar Development Bank for its support, Dr al-Naemi - a computer engineering graduate - said they took a big risk in trying to overcome adverse climatic conditions to produce carrots, cucumber, capsicum, tomato, green beans, spinach, brinjal, radish, chilli pepper and other items.
"Most of our products are sold in local hypermarkets, where they have a good demand these days," Dr al-Naemi said, while also thanking the country's inhabitants for their consistent support and patronage of Eden Farm products.


A variety of vegetables produced on Dr al-Naemi's farm on display

His son Nasser al-Naemi, a chemical engineer, is also involved in farming.
Dr al-Naemi recalled that some setbacks early on failed to deter them. "The greenhouses and other facilities at my farm supported my activities in a big way and my staff, too, stood by me solidly all through to reap better results in subsequent years," he stressed.
The entrepreneurs said they initially brought seeds from different parts of the world, including Japan, India and some European countries. "We tried an array of seeds to know which would suit best the local conditions. Now we are happy that the number of customers is growing with every passing day," he added.
Dr al-Naemi has also found success in bee-keeping. "We have brought bees from North Africa and at present there is steady honey production at our farm. "Our brand of honey is sold at a number of high-end shops and hypermarkets and many residents are lauding our quality," he noted.
Mushrooms are also among the major products sold by the company, which uses the brand name Oryx Mushrooms for this purpose.
The farm has showcased an array of products at the recent Made in Qatar exhibition and the Mahaseel festival in Katara.



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