Bahrain green-lit to build government research lab

Bahrain green-lit to build government research lab
Bahrain's research centre will study food security.
Published: 19 April 2018 - 1:18 a.m.
By: Oscar Rousseau

A two-story government research facility will be built in Hawrat A’ali, Bahrain, now that the project has received the go-ahead.

Construction of the 1,117m² agricultural research facility will start soon.

State-run Bahrain New Agency called the future facility a “world-standard centre” for research on soil degradation, water use, production, and food security.

The site will be built as part of Bahrain’s pilot agricultural village in the Hawrat A’ali.

Undersecretary for Agriculture and Marine Resources, Shaikh Khalifa bin Isa Al-Khalifa, said the plan to build the agricultural research centre falls in line with the vision of Bahrain’s royalty.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King and Head of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) Consultative Council wants Bahrain to develop sustainable agricultural practices, boost food security, and protect animal and plant health.

Bahrain is a net importer of food — it buys more from abroad than it exports — thanks to the rapid growth of its foodservice sector, which has seen the demand for meat and food projects from the Western world rise significantly.

The contractor responsible for building the Bahraini government’s agricultural research facility is not known. 

It is also unclear when construction of the facility will be completed.

 


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