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The El Quseir Mövenpick Resort in Egypt has been a Green Globe member for more than five years and has also already achieved Certified Gold Status. This is the result of the El Quseir Mövenpick Resort’s commitment to environmental friendly and sustainable practice on the one hand, but of course also of the work of the Chief Engineer and Green Globe Coordinator of the hotel, Maged Soliman.

In order to “add more green garden” to the hotel area, the El Quseir Mövenpick Resort has grown a fruit and vegetable garden during the last couple of months. On a former 141336 m2 sand area the hotel is now growing an organic garden under the care of seven staff members and the overall responsibility of Eng. Haytham El Shemy. But not only staff is working on this lush piece of land in Egypt, also even guests take care for a particular plant during their stay!

The place for the garden was chosen carefully in order to ensure its’ successful cultivation. As it turned out that it would be difficult to get seeds that have not been genetically modified, they eventually were bought from the Ministry of Agriculture to make sure it is pure organic and not genetically modified.
Plants that are affected by diseases are removed instead of being treated with pesticides and also no fertilizers are used. A connection to the main water pipe line of the hotel had to be installed to access fresh water and also measure the water used for watering the garden.

The results, which have been directly delivered to the kitchen, are absolutely stunning as the harvest has revealed the following crop after only four months of cultivation:
• 220 Kg of Tomatoes
• 100 kg of fresh Mint
• 75 Kg of Eggplant
• 2000 Kg of Dates
• 70 kg of Lemongrass
• 45 Kg of Lettuce
• 40 Kg of Rocket
• 50 Kg of Parsley
• 25 Kg of Dill
• 35 Kg of Coriander
• Flowers with total price 1200 $, which means that no flowers had to be bought for the hotel

After this wonderful success the next plan for the garden is to add Fig trees and more fruits trees like Orange, Tangerine and Guava. This self created garden also helps to reduce the costs for food for the El Quseir Mövenpick Resort as it provides fresh organic herbs and a lot more ingredients for the hotel’s kitchen.

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This article is quoted from EC3 Global news . The article is uploaded by Majbritt Thomsen, administrator on ‘Views On Tourism’.

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