Saif Al Shamsi of the Bufjair Trading Company (BTC) has
been farming organically since 2007
Saif Al Shamsi of the Bufjair Trading Company (BTC) has been farming organically since 2007 and summed up his motivation as such: “From the beginning, I have been thinking of producing something good for the people, for their health and happiness, which is more important than profit.
Slowly but surely, the hard work and dedication of Al Shamsi and his team has borne fruit (and vegetables) – now, more than 50 types of crops are grown and harvested according to organic principles each year at BTC’s four-hectare farm.
The growing at BTC is overseen by the agricultural engineer Abdel Moniem, and currently includes kale, celery, fennel, sweet potatoes, capsicums, beans, chillies, carrots, potatoes, leeks, chard, melons, squashes, rocket, okra, turnips, cabbages, beetroots, radishes, sweetcorn, broccoli, cauliflowers, lettuces, several tomato varieties, aubergines and pumpkins, as well as a wide variety of herbs and dates.
Depending on the cultivar, crops take anything from 25 to 60 days from planting to first harvest. Some plants, such as broccoli, continue to produce for the duration of the season; others, such as carrots, are phased in planting to ensure a continuous supply.