Update (April 2020): In connection with the development last year (2019), the companies that fall under Saline-Farming (Ziltproefbedrijf/Salt Farm Texel, Marc. Foods and Waddenwier) are undergoing reorganisation, as a result of which part of the activities can be restarted. In recent years, we have made great progress in making salt-tolerant crops usable in Europe and the rest of the world. Research about saline agriculture carried out by Ziltproefbedrijf/Salt Farm Texel will be continued by Salt Farm Foundation.
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Salt Farm Texel
With the world population expected to reach 9 billion before 2050, agricultural production has to increase with 70%. At the same time, less fresh water will become available for agriculture so the challenge is to produce more food with less water. While everybody is focussing on fresh water for agricultural production, Salt Farm Texel has a different perspective. Worldwide about 1.5 billion hectares of land is salt affected
and this number increases with 3 hectare every minute. Also, the amount of brackish water is equal to the amount of fresh water. Up until now, these saline resources of the world have not been recognized as a way to increase agricultural production. Now, Salt Farm Texel is demonstrating the possibilities to use these resources by means of cultivating salt tolerant crops.
SaltFarm Texel specializes in evaluating the salt tolerance of conventional crops and halophytes, performing large-scale screening of possible salt tolerant cultivars, and developing saline agricultural practices. We work together with NGO's, breeders and farmers across the world.