'Green Paradise' brings hydroponics to Libya

Under a yellow tarpaulin stretched over an arched metal frame, Siraj Bechiya and his partner inspect their hydroponically-grown lettuce, pioneers of the method in mostly-desert Libya where conventional agriculture struggles. Zip ties, punctured plastic cups as pots and PVC tubing bought in DIY shops hold the precious crops at ‘Green Paradise’ – so dubbed by the two young Libyan entrepreneurs spearheading the project. But the ad hoc nature of the materials hasn’t stopped the plants from thriving, their long white roots nourished by water rich with nutrients and oxygen. Bechiya and his partner M…

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