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Pegasus Agriculture to Move into U.S. Markets

International hydroponic experts Pegasus Agriculture have announced plans to construct a large hydroponic facility in Florida, U.S.A. The company has purchased a 15 year lease on 77 acres of land, with an option to extend the lease by an additional 15. The move will give the company access to North American markets, which have exploded in recent years as local populations are shifting demand to more sustainable, locally produced goods.

The local effects of climate change, of which rising sea levels is a major issues for the state, are being felt by residents, and recent polls indicate that roughly 80% of Florida’s population now believe in its existence.

Additionally, Florida’s agriculture sector has been showing significant signs of growth over the last few years, with some 1.56 million people being employed in the State’s agriculture and natural resources sectors in 2014, which is the latest year for which there is data.

Ultimately, this makes Florida an extremely attractive location for international hydroponics companies like Pegasus Agriculture. In fact, Mahmood Almas, the company’s Group Chairman is quoted as having said that “it is one of the most ideal locations to press the advantages of hydroponics available worldwide, at the moment.”

About Pegasus Agriculture

Pegasus Agriculture is one of the leading owners and operators of hydroponic farming facilities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Their head office is strategically located in Dubai, U.A.E. and serves as the headquarters for their global growing and distribution network.

With over 150 years of combined market experience, Pegasus Agriculture leads the MENA region in its goal to attain independent food security.

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Pegasus Agriculture Group and Kennett Township to Cooperate on Indoor Agriculture Hub

Today at Indoor Ag Con Asia, the indoor agriculture industry’s premier trade conference, international hydroponics expert Pegasus Agriculture Group reinforced its recent decision to actively enter the US marketplace by announcing its intention to support a major public-private initiative to develop a global indoor agriculture production, research, training, and service hub on the US East Coast.

Plans for the hub initiative are being presented publically for the first time at Indoor Ag Con Asia today by Kennett Township, a municipality in SE Pennsylvania, the historic center of the US indoor mushroom industry. The initiative was developed by Kennett’s Sustainable Development Office (SDO) with strong support from Kennett area growers and packers, regional economic development agencies, and regional agriculture, engineering, and business schools.

Pegasus’ public announcement of support for Kennett’s initiative is the first by any indoor agriculture firm based outside of the Kennett area. According to Mahmood Almas, Pegasus’ founder and chairman, “Kennett’s initiative to develop a world-class indoor agriculture hub is not only visionary, but eminently practical. That’s because Kennett, unlike most other areas, can leverage the extensive infrastructure of its historic indoor agriculture industry. That makes all the difference to Pegasus.”

Michael Guttman, who directs the initiative for Kennett, explained that “Kennett currently produces 50% of the annual US mushroom crop – some 500M pounds of produce – all grown indoors year-round and delivered fresh every day with 48 hours of picking all across North America. We’ve already developed an extensive infrastructure to accomplish this that includes engineering, construction, maintenance, public utilities, cold storage, logistics, transportation, and of course a very experienced workforce. That infrastructure is largely crop-agnostic, so it can just as readily serve the needs of a ‘green’ indoor agricultural firm such as Pegasus, giving them a fast and easy way to enter the vast US marketplace we already serve at the lowest possible cost and risk.”

“Kennett’s extensive infrastructure alone makes it an extremely attractive location for us,” Almas continued. “But that’s only one facet of this initiative. Kennett is also working with a number of its world-class regional agriculture, engineering and business schools to develop a joint indoor agriculture research, training, and innovation incubator center in Kennett, designed to work closely with private production firms located in the area. This center, the first of its kind in a major production area, will be a major asset to the rapidly evolving indoor agriculture industry.”

“We very much appreciate the active and public support of Kennett’s initiative by Pegasus, a highly respected global leader in indoor agriculture,” said Guttman. “In particular, we appreciate how our initiative ties in with Pegasus’s global vision of creating a world-wide network of environmentally and economically sustainable indoor agriculture communities to ensure food security. Working with Pegasus and our other partners, our initiative can hopefully serve as a blueprint for developing a network of similar indoor agriculture hubs all around the world.”

About Pegasus Agriculture Group

Pegasus Agriculture Group is one of the leading owners and operators of hydroponic farming facilities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Their head office is strategically located in Dubai, U.A.E. and serves as the headquarters for their growing global production and distribution network.

About Kennett Township

Kennett Township is a municipality in SE Pennsylvania, and historically the center of the 100+ year old US mushroom industry, with grows 500M pounds of fresh produce year-round exclusively in climate-controlled indoor facilities. Kennett Township is currently involved in a major initiative to diversify its economy by leveraging its extensive indoor agriculture infrastructure, workforce, and customer base to attract a new influx of ‘green’ indoor agriculture firms to its area.

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DIY: Why You Should Consider Homegrown Hydroponics

Hydroponic farming has begun to take the world by storm. From multi-hectare industrial operations, to rooftop garden that provide restaurants with fresh greens, everybody seems to be getting into, and now you can too! While large-scale hydroponic farms can be very expensive to set up, and require skilled professionals to manage, almost anybody is capable of building their own smaller-scale version at home, and we’re going to tell you how.

Why would you want to go through all the effort of farming at home when you can get whatever you want at the store? Well, first of all, using hydroponics at home is probably a lot easier than you think, and can be very rewarding. Homegrown vegetables and fruits are, inevitably, a lot fresher than anything you could get at the store, regardless of whether or not it is in season. Additionally, you can be certain that they are not coated in any form of pesticides and that they are the equivalent of being organically grown.

Furthermore, you can very easily control how large or small your operation is, how much produce you create, and how much it costs you. If you aren’t feeling particularly handy, there are plenty of pre-made, technologically advanced pieces of equipment that you can purchase. For the more frugal among you, however, creating your own is also very straight forward and can be as simple or complex as you would want it to be.

In the end, whether you purchase a high-tech growing machine, or make your own at home, growing your own hydroponic fruits and vegetables is worthwhile: you will inevitably end up saving money on your grocery bill and can rest assured that the produce you reap from it will be fresh, nutritious, and delicious.

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Pegasus Agriculture Attends LPS Exhibition in China

Last week, international hydroponic experts Pegasus Agriculture attended the 13th edition of South China’s leading luxury property show LPS Guangzhou 2016 as an exhibitor. The show was held from September 23rd until the 25th in Guangzhou city, China, and drew more than 100 exhibitors from around the world, as well as over 6000 VIP buyers.

As an exhibitor, Pegasus Agriculture was able to close deals and network with several potential partners within the country that could help drive indoor agriculture development in China, as well as generate a significate amount of interest in the company’s investment model. Pegasus Agriculture representative, Ricardo Schenke, who attended the exhibition, referred to the show as being “an outstanding experience and an important step for Pegasus Agriculture towards developing contacts and probing markets in China.”
Pegasus Agriculture has been interested in expanding their international operations into China for quite some time now, having identified the country as holding significant potential for the indoor agriculture industry. This is because, recently, China has been orienting itself towards a more eco-centric focus, one of the latest developments of which is its recently-announced $450 billion farm plan.


With Water In Short Supply, One California Farmer Grows Feed Indoors

The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them: growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.
On Golden Valley Farm an hour north of Fresno, Mario Daccarett’s employees milk 500 sheep every day, in rounds of 12. This creamy milk eventually is turned into cheese and sold at places like Whole Foods.
“They tell me that our Golden Ewe cheese is the best for grilled cheese sandwich ever,” Daccarett says. (I bought some and it was really tasty.)
He says he gets about 800 pounds of milk a year from each ewe. To make that much milk it takes a lot of feed – like oats and hay. And to cut the cost of all that feed, Daccarett says he has a secret ingredient that enriches his cheese while at the same time saves a lot of water. That ingredient? Sprouted barley grown indoors.
“We plant every day and we harvest every day, and it takes six days to complete the cycle,” Daccarett adds.
He feeds his sheep one part oats and hay and one part sprouted barley. Growing barley as feed isn’t anything new, but Daccarett sprouts barley seeds inside shipping containers using hydroponic technology and indoor grow lights. He’s using just 2 percent of the water it would take to grow the crop outside.
“I think that’s a big advantage if you don’t have a lot of land,” says Daccarett. You can produce a tremendous amount of feed in a very, very small area. With a very little amount of water.”
Inside each 10 by 20 foot shipping container are five horizontal rows of shallow black trays. Daccarett’s nephew Jose Quiñonez says the growing process is quite simple. “We just get the tray, just dump the barley, and spread it really good.”
After he fills each tray he pushes the row forward until the container is full and closes the door.
“That’s it … wait seven days and it will be ready to feed,” says Quiñonez.
Every hour, sprinklers mist the seeds for 20 seconds. That amount of water is just enough to start germination. In a matter of days these sprouts will stand 6 inches tall and be ready for the sheep to eat. The farm produces 2,400 pounds of sprouts every day.
But not everyone thinks growing indoors is worth it.
“The margins are pretty slim,” says University of California, Davis agronomy professor Daniel Putnam. He says the cost doesn’t pencil out.
“If you really apply a little bit of economics to it and animal nutrition to it, it doesn’t appear quite as promising as one might think,” says Putnam.
Putnam says these hydroponic containers are expensive, about $100,000 each. But for sheep rancher Mario Daccarett, it’s working. He says his first two containers paid for themselves in just over a year.
“The more pressure we have from water limitations or the more pressure to become more efficient ourselves and more sustainable — you’re going to see more people doing it,” he explains.
And when Quiñonez feeds the sprouts to the sheep, they come running.
“They go crazy when they see it,” he says. “They really like it.”
And just like sheep love the sprouts, Daccarett says he loves the financial savings from using this not so-widely-used farming practice. He hopes to buy three more shipping containers to grow even more sprouts in the coming year.

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Proenca-a-Nova Business Park Receives New Investment

A new investment opportunity is set to emerge in the land surrounding the PEPA – Business Park Proenca-a-Nova. The City Council, in a meeting on the 16th of August, approved the transfer of lots to Pegasus Agriculture, an international hydroponics investment company based in Dubai, UAE, for the purposes of constructing hydroponic farms. The structure is expected to be completed by May of 2017, and the vast majority of the subsequently farmed produce is to be destined for export. Pegasus plans to invest two and a half million euros (€2.5 Million) per hectare of production, and will employ 12 people in the first phase of production (of three phases). “This new investment with other companies that today are already in the business park confirms the location’s capacity to attract new companies and thus promote employability,” (translated) says President Mayor of Proenca-a-Nova, John Wolf. “It is entrepreneurs, in conjunction with the strategy defined by this office, that will build the future of this county.”

With investments like Procerâmica, S.A. and Grainz – Food Ltd, the Business Park of Proenca-a-Nova is almost entirely occupied. With Pegasus Agriculture’s installation in PEPA’s surrounding area, a new phase of development begins.


Hydroponics Market Anticipated to Grow from $19.95 Billion in 2015 to $27.33 Billion in 2020


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Hydroponics Market – By Type, Crop Type and Geography Market Shares, Forecasts And Trends (2015 – 2020)” report to their offering.

The hydroponics market value is anticipated to grow from $19.95 billion in 2015 to $27.33 billion in 2020

A sub segment of hydro culture, hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.

Hydroponics involve soil less culture where crops are grown in mineral nutrient solution. Plants that are not traditionally grown in a particular climate condition, are preferably grown in a controlled environment system like hydroponics. Hydroponics method uses two main mediums to grow crops- solution culture and solid medium culture. This method of farming is a niche segment gaining popularity in urban, customized agriculture setup.

Hydroponics is termed as one of the fastest growing soil less farming practice at a global level, wherein a tailored nutrient solution is used for plant growth with a superior quality and sustainable manner. One of the major growth drivers for the hydroponic industry is the documented higher yield in comparison to traditional agricultural techniques. Along with profit farming, growing consumption of exotic, salad crops and increasing need for global food security will drive the market upwards.

Lack of awareness regarding the soil less agriculture system and high initial cost would hinder the market growth to an extent. Increased cultivation of medicinal plants globally and customized farming approach may provide future growth opportunity for the industry.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

2. Research Approach & Methodology

3. Market Overview

4. Market Segmentation

5. Competitive Landscape

6. Company Profiles

– BrightFarms
– Circle Fresh Farms
– Argus Controls
– FormFlex
– HortiMaX
– KUBO Greenhouse Projects
– Heliospectra AB
– Hydrofarm, Inc.
– Greentech Agro, Llc
– Hydrodynamics International, Inc.
– American Hydroponics, Inc.
– Lumigrow, Inc.
– General Hydroponics, Inc.
– Koninklijke Philips NV
– Logiqs B.V.
– FormFlex
– Thanet Earth
– Pegasus Agritech
– Valoya
– Village farms international
– James foskett farms
– Growlife
– Terra Tech

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4ksm75/global

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Pegasus Agriculture Announces Shariah Compliance

DUBAI, UAE, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

International hydroponic experts Pegasus Agriculture are announcing that their Hydroponic Investment Product is now officially shariah compliant. Pegasus Agriculture has been issued a certificate from the Shariah Supervisory Board (SSB) as of June 3rd, 2016. The SSB made its official pronouncement after reviewing all of Pegasus Agriculture’s contracts, literature, and associated processes. Mr. Mahmood Almas, Chairman of Pegasus Agriculture, is “proud to be able to say that we adhere to these important Islamic principles,” and is particularly pleased that the news has come “in time for the Holy month of Ramadan.”

Shariah law is derived from the teachings of both the Holy Quran and the Hadith. It is often applied and used to aid in the governance of many regions throughout the Middle East, and can play a role in a variety of areas, including both civil and commercial law.

In the commercial realm, shariah law forms three principles that differentiate Islamic finances from the rest of the world. The principles govern the prohibition of interest, the sharing of profits and losses, and a prohibition against uncertainty and excessive speculation. Currently, less than 1% (http://www.pwc.com) of global financial assets are shariah compliant.

About Pegasus Agriculture

Pegasus Agriculture is one of the leading owners and operators of hydroponic farming facilities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Their head office is strategically located in Dubai, U.A.E. and serves as the headquarters for their global growing and distribution network.

With over 150 years of combined market experience, Pegasus Agriculture leads the MENA region in its goal to attain independent food security.

For more information, please visit http://pegasusagriculturegroup.com/

Pegasus Agriculture Contact
Dubai Office:
+971 4 818 8300


This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste

ADELE PETERS 05.25.16 6:00 AM

ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn’t need a grid or food systems. It’s a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.

If you live inside one of the houses in a new neighborhood being built in an Amsterdam suburb, your dining room might be next to an indoor vegetable garden. Outside, you’ll have another seasonal garden. And down the street, almost everything you eat will be grown in high-tech vertical farms.

The neighborhood will be the first ReGen Village, a new type of community designed to be fully self-sufficient, growing its own food, making its own energy, and handling its own waste in a closed loop.

Any household waste that can be composted will feed livestock or soldier flies. The soldier flies will feed fish, and fish waste will fertilize an aquaculture system that produces fruit and vegetables for the homes. Seasonal gardens will be fertilized by waste from the livestock.

By using the most advanced methods for growing food—a combination of aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming—the neighborhood will grow many times more food than a traditional farm of the same size, with fewer resources. Aquaponics, for example, can produce 10 times as much produce on the same amount of land, with 90% less water.

“We anticipate literally tons of abundant organic food every year—from vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs, chicken, small animal dairy and protein—that can continually grow and yield in the vertical garden systems all year long as supplement to the seasonal gardens and farming adjacent,” says James Ehrlich, CEO of ReGen Villages, the California-based developer, which will also manage the neighborhood-slash-farm. The company partnered with Effekt, a Danish architecture firm, on the design.

The community will also produce its own energy, using a mixture of geothermal, solar, solar thermal, wind, and biomass. “We’re looking at some very interesting technologies for small-footprint biomass that can take surrounding farm waste and turn that into a consistent energy source in a way that can power these communities in northern Europe even in the dead of winter,” Ehrlich says. A smart grid will distribute power efficiently, sending it to a carport to charge shared electric cars as needed.

A biogas plant will turn any non-compostable household waste into power and water. A water storage system will collect rainwater and graywater and redistribute it to seasonal gardens and the aquaponic system.

It’s the first of a network of similar communities that ReGen plans to build around the world.
“We’re really looking at a global scale,” he says. “We are redefining residential real-estate development by creating these regenerative neighborhoods, looking at first these greenfield pieces of farmland where we can produce more organic food, more clean water, more clean energy, and mitigate more waste than if we just left that land to grow organic food or do permaculture there.”

The first 100-home village is on the outskirts of Almere, a quickly growing town 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam. Inside Almere, the company is also building a scaled-down version with 35 condo units. The company also has more projects planned in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany, but plans to expand everywhere.

“We’re really looking at starting off as the Tesla of eco-villages,” Ehrlich says. “That’s the idea. So we’re coming out as a little bit higher-end for Northern Europe.” Next, the company wants to adapt the system for arid climates such as the Middle East

“We tackle the first two hardest climate areas,” he says. “Then from there we have global scale—rural India, sub-Saharan Africa, where we know that the population is going to increase and also be moving to the middle class. If everybody in India and Africa wants the same kind of suburbs that we’ve been building so far, the planet’s not going to make it.”

Ehrlich, who also works as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford University and as a senior technologist there, was inspired by a 2013 UN report that argued for the creation of self-sufficient communities.

In Almere, the village is likely to grow about half of the food that the community eats—it won’t grow coffee or bananas, for example. It will also feed energy back to the local grid. But in some locations, the company believes that the neighborhood could be fully self-sufficient.

The community in Almere will break ground this summer and be completed in 2017.

Source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3060167/this-new-neighborhood-will-grow-its-own-food-power-itself-and-handle-its-own-waste/1

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Can California’s Water Cuts Increase Economic Viability of Hydroponic Crops?

After shockingly low snowpack measurements in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) announced strict water restrictions on businesses, residents, and farms. His executive order aims to curb water usage by 25 percent; a good thing, considering mountain snowpack runoff usually accounts for 30 percent of the state’s water supply. However, in a season where snowpack was below ten percent, that source of water won’t be there.

Still, there’s no sign that this drought will let up anytime soon, and the problem isn’t limited to California. Nevada and Colorado have been dealing with water shortages for years, and Washington and Oregon just recorded record-low snowpack. California legislators have started to combat drought by passing a $1 billion plan that provides hundreds of millions of dollars on flood control, desalination projects, and water recycling. This has created a window of opportunity for hydroponics; with California providing produce for half of the nation, and 37 percent of total water United States’ water usage going towards irrigation, the room for sector efficiency is large, especially for hydroponics crops. Is there economic viability of hydroponic crops in consideration of California’ water challenges?

Economic Viability of Hydroponic Crops

A 30 x 132 foot (3,960 square feet) greenhouse for herbs and lettuce costs roughly $45,000 or $11.37 per square foot. This is the cost of a system from American Hydroponics that generates 26 crop turns per year, which is a harvest rate of 3,780 plants per week, or 196,560 per year. In 2012, the total acreage of farmland dedicated to lettuce crops was 267,100 acres, which yielded roughly 85.4 million cwt, or 8.54 billion pounds of crops, 98 percent of which was grown in California and Arizona, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. With the assumption that a single crop of lettuce is, on average, around 16 ounces, it averages out to roughly .73 heads of lettuce per square foot for conventional farming.

Now lets take a look at the economic viability of hydroponic crops. The American Hydroponic system grows an astonishing 49 heads of lettuce per square foot, which means that, theoretically, it would only need to take 4,002 acres (174,285,714 square foot) of hydroponic space (roughly 44,012 greenhouses of 30×132 feet). Unfortunately, the initial cost per square foot of system set up is very high; at $11.36 per square foot, it would cost almost $2 billion to set up all of the required greenhouse space, not including the costs of land leasing, water, maintenance, energy, nutrients, etc. However, in a time where water prices are climbing exponentially in California, a $2 billion dollar hydroponic infrastructure upgrade package for farmers could save nearly 600 billion gallons of water per year.

By switching one major crop to hydroponic growing techniques, this allows the groundwater to replenish and keeps surface water pathways working for their ecosystem. This method will also provide a path for other major crops in the western United States to be converted from conventional to hydroponic growing methods.

Source: http://www.powerhousehydroponics.com/californias-water-cuts-increaseeconomic-viability-of-hydroponic-crops/