2004 saw the completion of a pilot Seawater Greenhouse near Muscat, Oman. In collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University, this exciting project will provide an opportunity to develop a sustainable horticultural sector on the Batinah coast. It will help reclaim abandoned agricultural land where soil and water salinity have reached levels at which crop production is not viable.
The aim of this project is to demonstrate the technology to local farmers and organisations in the Arabian Gulf. There are several benefits the Seawater Greenhouse brings to arid regions. It provides a cooler climate that enables crops to be grown year round, even in the extreme heat of the summer months. It also allows for the reclamation of salt-infected land by not relying, at all, on groundwater resources. In addition, it gives the opportunity to develop a high value agricultural sector that is sustainable in the long term and immune to climatic variations. We believe that this technology will be of real benefit in many parts of the world where coastal farmers are struggling with the problems of salt infected soil, high temperatures and increasing shortages of groundwater.