Elite Agro UAE LLC has created the ultimate conditions for cultivating 25 tons of delicious pumpkins which are set to fly off the supermarket shelves this Halloween and autumn as consumers seek out locally grown and affordable high-quality produce.
The pumpkins are grown at Al Foah Farm in Al Ain where innovative agriculture techniques allow technology and nature to produce the ultimate environment for the perfect crop. Sprawling net houses with thousands of friendly bees ensure pollination and automated monitoring and irrigation provide the ultimate growing conditions all year round. The pumpkins are cut from the vine, dried in the fields and delivered to the supermarket shelves for October’s spooky spectacular celebrations.
“We are proud to be cultivating seasonal produce, allowing consumers to choose the freshest fruit and vegetables throughout the year, grown in EAG local farms. There is often a misconception that food is difficult to grow locally due to the arid climate. The reality is that our revolutionary technology, infrastructure and farming techniques allow the production of the highest quality, freshest and most reliable harvest all year round,” commented Ian Summerfield, Elite Agro CEO.
Pumpkins are not just for Halloween, this diverse vegetable is rich in nutritional qualities with a range of essential vitamins including vitamin A, B and E, contributing to strengthening the immune system. To produce nutritionally rich and large pumpkins, this vegetable requires ample shaded space for sprawling vines and a temperate climate.
In the 75-90 days growing period from seed to picking, the pumpkins are protected by net houses from nature’s elements of sun, wind and pests. As notorious greedy feeders are nourished through automated systems that provide them with their ultimate irrigation and fertilizer requirements on a daily basis. Honey bees, who also produce EAG’s local honey, are used for pollination. Once harvested, the pumpkins are naturally dried in the sun.