Saudi Arabia’s Bin Heshbal Valley is now world’s largest farm

RIYADH, Oct 13: A Saudi Arabian extension farm in the Bin Heshbal Valley, Asir Region has earned a spot in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest farm. 

Saudi’s Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, received the registration certificate from the Guinness World Records during a ceremony hosted by the Saudi Reef Programme at its headquarters in Riyadh.

The farm is under the country’s rejuvenated water farming research unit. The total expanse of the farm spans 3,204,182 square metres and is divided into two sections, each equipped with a concrete tank holding a capacity of 500 cubic metres. 

The farm has an automatic irrigation network is in place to cater to all plants within the fields. It is also equipped with five air-conditioned and sheltered houses, as well as additional buildings. 

To irrigate the crops, the farm relies on treated water. The irrigation process is meticulously executed through multiple phases, overseen by experts and specialists in various aspects such as irrigation, fertilization, and equipment.

Employees closely monitor and supervise all agricultural operations across 50 fields of fruit trees, along with an additional 20 fields slated for restoration and future planting.

The farm dedicates a section to clover cultivation and production, alongside the cultivation of a diverse array of crops and fruits. Most notably, it yields lemons, oranges, tangerines, pomegranates, grapes, figs, almonds, and olives. Additionally, there are experimental fields housing a variety of crops.