Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 | 13 Rabi Al Thani 1441
Students develop supplement for soilless farming

Students create supplement for soilless farming

Eleven students of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) are component of the business. Speaking to Muscat Daily, Rahaf Salim Said al Hajri, a fourth year civil engineering student at NUST and CEO of Baddah mentioned, “We are 11 members from different engineering disciplines. The nutrient supplement Rawa can really transform the agriculture sector in Oman.”

Rahaf mentioned that an agreement has been signed with the Directorate General of Agriculture and Animal Research in MoAF for creating Rawa. “We are thankful for their support and guidance. Baddah is working on the project in collaboration with the directorate. Our product will soon be available in the market.”

She added that MoAF has permitted Baddah to conduct experiments at its greenhouses, laboratories and is offering workplace space at the study centre. “We appreciate this partnership. Our team is enthusiastic to get support from the ministry.”

Talking about the challenges, she mentioned, “We understand that entrepreneurial life is not easy. It’s all about taking risks. There is a long journey ahead but we are ready for it. We faced some challenges in terms of getting technical support but we managed to overcome this through partnership with MoAF. The other challenge is managing time. We are students and have to split our time between studies and the project.”

She mentioned that Oman is providing best priority to the agriculture sector and the government aims at enhancing the contribution of this sector to GDP. “In addition, the Omani society gives high importance to agriculture as it is an important source of income for Omanis as many work on their own farms. Therefore, this product is an innovative solution to boost agri production.”

Speaking of future plans, she mentioned, “Our first priority is to offer this nutrient supplement [Rawa] to the Omani market in the first quarter of this year. Additionally, our vision is to be a leading regional company in offering innovative solutions in the farming sector. Our future target is to offer our products in the neighbouring markets, particularly the GCC.”

Other members of the team are Tariq Bader Ahmed Alshanfari, Mohammed Ali Talib Alghafri, Al Anood Hamed Rashid Alharrasi, Haitham Humaid Khalifa Alhatmi, Hajir Mohammed Salim Alamri, Mazoon Said Hamed Almahrouqi, Haitham Suleiman Ahmed Alhatmi, Buthaina Hamed Almahrouqi, Amjad Abdullah Alnairi and Jawaher Abdullah Salim Alfarsi.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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