Cannabis-focused firm Australis Capital Inc. (CSE: AUSA) (OTC: AUSAF) says it will help build a massive one-million square foot facility for growing fresh fruits and vegetables in the Middle East year-round.
On Tuesday, the company said its cannabis-facility designer subsidiary ALPS entered into a $1.4-million agreement with Middle East indoor cultivation leaders Pure Harvest Smart Farms to construct the facility in Kuwait. Earlier this year, Australis acquired ALPS for $12 million in shares and cash.
The agreement follows a supply deal between United Arab Emirates-based Pure Harvest and independent food retailer The Sultan Center (TSC), to buy produce fruits from the producer and cut down on imports.
“Both TSC and Pure Harvest are run by visionaries with clear goals and ambitious objectives that require a high degree of technological innovation,” ALPS president Thomas Larssen said in a statement.
“Through this partnership, TSC and Pure Harvest will deliver enhanced food safety, water conservation, economic diversification and sustainability within Kuwait and the Middle East, North Africa, and South East Asia region,” said Pure Harvest CEO Sky Kurtz.
Historically, Middle East countries like Kuwait have relied on importing fresh produce as the country does not have the proper climate. to grow its food outdoors.
Ontario-based ALPS, originally known as Aurora Larssen Projects, has been involved in over 50 projects globally building controlled-environment agriculture facilities including Aurora Cannabis Inc.‘s (TSX: ACB) highly automated, 800,000-square-foot flagship Aurora Sky facility in Edmonton.
Aurora’s former CEO Terry Booth became top boss at Australis in March. Since then, the company says it has reset its direction by strengthening its executive team and launching accretive products.
ALPS currently has active projects in cannabis and traditional horticulture in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.
Australis stock dipped slightly to $0.20 Tuesday on the Canadian Securities Exchange.