Jordan launches project to grow crops from seawater


Water-poor Jordan has launched a project using seawater to produce crops with clean energy. Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon inaugurated the facility in the kingdom’s Red Sea port city of Aqaba. The facility is a part of the Sahara Forest Project (SFP), produces energy, freshwater and food. The facility, surrounded by rocky desert, uses seawater to cool greenhouses. A solar-powered plant then desalinates the water for irrigation. Inside the greenhouse, pesticide-free vegetables are grown. The project is set to produce 130 tons of vegetables a year and 10,000 liters of freshwater a day. Jordan was selected because it has the required amount of sunlight and seawater.