A Syrian civil engineer has built a hydroponic farm on his rooftop to save resources and overcome economic hardship.
Abdulrahman al-Masri’s farm saves on resources and produces nearly 25 tonnes of fruit and vegetables annually.
He started the project in 2018 with a loan that he is paying off by selling his produce, which generates an income that allows him to continue his education.
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“The good thing about the project is that it can work, even in the smallest places that we have not thought to explore,” al-Masri explains. “Any roof exposed to the sun can be used in this project.”
Hydroponic farming technology uses no soil. Instead, it grows plants in a solution of water and nutrients.
Water is then conserved because it can be reused multiple times, and pesticides are not needed because there are no soil-borne diseases.
It also helps farmers make use of limited spaces, like rooftops.
“Currently, I hope to pay my off loans with the proceedings of this project and use the profits to expand,” al-Masri says.
This report was produced and edited by Al Jazeera NewsFeed’s Linh Nguyen.