Under the Patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority

Innovations Theatre Programme

Looking for new ways to improve productivity? Head over to the Innovations Theatre at GFIA to enjoy a series of talks and demos from companies leading the way with new techniques and trends related to sustainable agriculture and food production. Whether you are focused on indoor farming and hydroponics, arable crops, animal production, date palm production, aquaculture, honey production or something related, you are guaranteed to find leading-edge solutions at GFIA this February. Entry is FREE – register here.

Monday 5 February


11:00 Presentation by VEGGITECH

11:15 How You Can Build the Right Hydroponic Greenhouses in the GCC
presented by Mr. Andy Xu, Middle East Marketing Manager, Beijing Kingpeng International Agriculture Corporation

11:30 GravityFlow: A system for large scale automated controlled environment production of food and medicinal plants
presented by Per Aage Lysaa, CEO and COB, Intravision Group AS

11:45 LED Horticultural Lighting for year-round quality crop cultivation
presented by David Schmidmayr MSc, Co-founder and CEO, SANlight (Horticultural LED-Lighting)



12:00 Ozone censors and their impact on aquaculture
presented by Paw Petersen, Co-owner and Director, OxyGuard International A/S

12:15 Grow: food production in the heart of Dubai
presented by Kyra Hoevenaars, Aquaculture Consultant, AquaBioTech Group and Khalid Al Hazmi, Co-founder, Grow

12:30 Indoor fish farming in recirculation systems: Combining innovative technology, system engineering and 30 years of experience
presented by Dr. Andreas Mäck, SENECT GmbH & Co. KG in cooperation with aquaFuture

12:45 The U-loop technology® for sustainable animal feed
presented by Henrik Busch-Larsen, CEO, Unibio


13:00 – 15:15 CROPS PRODUCTION:

 13:00 Applied Innovations in Date Palm Waste Recycling Industry
presented by Dr. Eng. Fuaad Mansur, Founder of Al Mansour Consultancy, Iraq and Consultant Engineer in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, UAE

13:15 Sapropel for restoring soils, reduceing water consumption and increasing harvests up to 150%
presented by Sami Barakat, General Manager, Geo Art Organic Fertilizer Trading LLC

13:45 We take care by turning waste to organomineral fertilizer
presented by Jan Nahum, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hexagon Group

14:00 New Holland Agriculture, Always ahead in the future of farming! Pushing the boundaries of innovation to pioneer alternative fuels solutions
presented by Hakan Dönmezer, Marketing Manager / Region EMEA Middle East & Africa, 
CNHI Services Srl

 14:15 Planted and managed walnut farmlands as a profitable investment model
presented by Alper Apaydin, CEO and Founder, Invest4land

14:30 FIELDNET ADVISOR™: revolutionary irrigation management solution
presented by John Atkinson, Director – International Business Development, Lindsay Corporation

14:45 DPD Ltd: Tissue Cultured Date Palms
presented by Jane Chalk, CEO, DPD Ltd

15:00 Development of a universal Date Palm Tissue Culture Protocol for global date palm agro-industries and large farmers
presented by Dr Alidad Varshochi, Director of Business Development and the Head of R&D, Rana Agro-Industry Corporation



Fertilization in new generation of greenhouses 
presented by ADFCA

Climate control in high tech greenhouses
presented by ADFCA

Water and energy consumption of vegetable production at different levels of greenhouse technology
presented by Dr Ir Jouke Campen, International project manager, Wageningen University and Research – Greenhouse Horticulture

Greenhouses and sustainable agriculture 
presented by Dr Abdulaziz Alharbi, Professor of Horticulture, King Saud University

Low-cost sensors and controls to manage the greenhouse environment
presented by Professor Joel Cuello, The University of Arizona

The experience in Saudi Arabia of organic farming



Facilitated by Dr. David Allen, Vice President and Doug Hockstad, Assistant Vice President, Tech Launch Arizona, USA


Tuesday 6 February


10:30 – 11:30 CROPS PRODUCTION:

10:30 The Innovative Troforte® Farming System: Soil Health is a key to Food Security and Economic and Environmental Sustainability
presented by Paul J Storer, Director of Research and Development, Troforte Innovation Pty Ltd

10:45 Lono, a more efficient nitrogen for stressful growing conditions
presented by David Marks, Managing Director, Levity Crop Science, UK

11:00 Agdia launches a 30 Minutes DNA Test for the detection of the dangerous Xylella fastidiosa bacteria
presented by Salima Berkani, Co-owner and Sales and Marketing Director, Agdia EMEA

11:15 Application of Nanotechnology for Soil Disinfection and Phytosanitation
presented by Dr. Venkatesh Devanur, CEO, Agrilife



11:30 Bringing Nature Back to Agriculture: Understanding How Microbial Solutions can be Applied with Precision to Enhance Productivity
presented by Gregg Steinberg, CEO, Growcentia

12:00 Turning urban apartment balconies into vertical vegetable gardens, one balcony at a time
presented by Thorben Linneberg, Founder, Aerospring Gardens

12:15 Craft Smart Box: Future of High-Tech Farming  in India
presented by Vijay Suresh Yelmalle, Proprietor, Center for Research in Alternative Farming Technologies (CRAFT)



12:45 – 15:00 START-UP SHOWCASE:

12:45 Novel solar energy system to power off-grid horticultural projects
presented by Adriano Desideri, co-founder and CEO, SOLHO

13:00 AEtrium Turnkey Platform for Indoor Cultivation: the Perfect Plant Growth Environment
presented by Phil Gibson, Vice President of Marketing, AEssenseGrows

13:15 Incorporating Ecoponics in Commercial CEA
presented by Tinia Pina, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Re-Nuble

13:30 Introducing an innovative crop to rebalance global food production
presented by Maurits van de Ven, Co-founder, Aquible and Tony Martens, Co-founder, Aquible

13:45 Farmland and farmers’ income optimization has never been more urgent. Agrisim helps you decide!
presented by Ronald de Bruijn, Agrisim

14:00 ZELP (Zero Emissions Livestock Project): Wearable technology for cattle to reduce the environmental impact of methane
presented by Francisco Norris, Co-founder and CEO, ZELP

14:15  HELLO FISH FARM 4.0: It’s FRESH seafood, but there’s no ‘sea’ required
presented by Peter Zeller, CEO, FRESH Corporation AG

14:30 Spectralix: Artificial Intelligence Use in Precision Agriculture Data Acquisition and Processing
presented by Celil Serhan Tezcan, Founder & CEO, Tarsens

14:45 Upcycling organic waste into energy and biochar
presented by Dario Presezzi, CEO, Bioforcetech Corporation



Facilitated by Nick Brozović, PhD, Director of Policy, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska


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