RIGHT FARM AND CIRCA BIOTECH SIGN AGREEMENT TO TURN ORGANIC WASTE INTO FERTILISER
Organic fertiliser for use in agriculture will be created through a partnership between Right Farm, a UAE-based digital platform, and Circa-Biotech, a company that converts food waste into animal feed.
The collaboration between the two companies aims to reduce the amount of food waste dumped in landfills in the country.
As part of the agreement, organic waste from Right Farm, a company that sources fresh produce from farms and supplies it to the retail and food sectors, will be used for the industrial farming of larvae of the black soldier fly, instead of being sent to landfill sites, where it decays and creates carbon emissions.
This will result in the production of organic fertiliser, protein meal and larvae oil, which can be used in agriculture and aquaculture.
In a statement, Elie Skaf, the co-founder and CEO of Right Farm, said that traditional food supply chains were “broken and inefficient” and caused large amounts of food to be wasted.
“Our partnership with Circa Biotech ensures we are working towards reducing our community’s carbon footprint and contributing to food waste solutions that are innovative and regenerative, protecting our region’s environment and resources,” he added.
“This is another step of many for Right Farm, paving the way to future-proofing our food systems.”
Also in the statement, Dr Haythem Riahi, Circa Biotech’s co-founder and CEO, said the tie-up used “nature-based solutions” to address challenges created by the accumulation of organic waste.
“The ability of the black soldier fly to convert organic waste into high-quality nutrients has opened up an immense opportunity to develop sustainable technology for the production of animal feed at a lower cost,” he said.
“This partnership is a step towards creating sustainable economic opportunities that strengthen the resilience of the food supply chain in the UAE while transforming waste from an environmental burden into an economic resource.”
SIAL Paris Newsroom reported in April on how the UAE-based Right Farm had secured $2.8m in seed funding to support its growth plans.