Makar Farms was established in the 1880s and has been a major vegetable, salad and herb provider for the past 40 years. We combine hydroponic farming and traditional farming practices to bring you innovative, fresh and colourful products. We are proud holders of the EU organic certification as of 2017.
Established in 1880, “Makar Farms” located on the Sakkara road, has always been the avant-garde of agriculture in Egypt. In the late 1940s, substantial crop changes were implemented by George Makar, an agricultural Engineer who studied at the University of Agriculture of Grignon in France. He first concentrated his efforts on introducing new varieties of fruits adapting them to the climate in Egypt. George Makar started introducing varieties unknown to the Egyptian consumer such as frisée, scarole, together with herbs such as tarragon and thyme. The basic idea was to invert the seasons of crops grown in Europe: What is produced in summer can be available in Egypt during the winter season. Among the spectacular successes of George Makar was the introduction of endive, a crop that grows in the northern part of Europe at very low temperatures!
Makar Farms is currently led by Mounir Makar, a banker and an economist, who took up farming after the farm was passed down from his father.
Since then, endives production, as well as the production of other crops, was taken to another level: Makar Farms was the first in Egypt to introduce hydroponic system to grow plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil. However, we never abandoned traditional farming which is why we combine new technology with traditional farming knowledge!
Our passion for farming is not the only source of inspiration. In fact, our interest in cuisine encourages us to continuously search for new varieties and “foreign” products in order to live up to the motto of innovation.
Makar farms is the place to find assortments of vegetables and herbs that are rarely found in Egypt. Whether you are looking for broccoli, thyme, tarragon, brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, asparagus or “uncommon” salad varieties, you can be sure to find them in our farms. This is why our clients include the Four Seasons Hotels, Fairmont Hotels, Gourmet Egypt and many more.
In 2017, Makar farms obtained the EU organic farming certificate.
It is the combination of innovation, technology and imagination that makes our products so unique, tasty and more importantly, very accessible in Egypt.