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Desert Farming: An Economical Option For Transforming America's Desert Regions

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on January 2, 2023


Most of the world's surface is covered in water, in the form of oceans. The remaining landmass of Earth amounts to approximately 29 percent of the surface. Of this remaining 29 percent, deserts of all types constitute an estimated 33 percent, or one-third, of the Earth's total landmass.


There are four true deserts in the United States. They are: (a) the Great Basin Desert, (b) the Mojave Desert, (c) the Sonoran Desert, and (d) the Chihuahuan Desert, all conforming to the basic definition of a desert as being a place of very low rainfall and restricted plant life.


These deserts are all located in the western portion of the country and are defined to be areas that receive less than ten inches of precipitation (rain, snow, etc.) a year.


About 40 percent of the continental United States is at risk for desertification. Desertification is triggered mainly by the overuse of land and unsustainable agricultural practices (overcropping, overgrazing, poor irrigation and deforestation) which lead to­ a loss of natural vegetation and healthy soil. An expanding human population and urban living area, as well as the low level of priority placed on environmental protection efforts, also contribute to desertification.


Dake Reschsand


One company – Dake Rechsand – is the global leader in developing and deploying products on a commercial scale that address many of the devastating problems associated with desertification in the United States, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, India, and China.


Mr. Chandra Dake is the Executive Chairperson and Group CEO of the Dake Group - a community empowerment driven, environmentally friendly, technology focused organization. The Dake Group’s key focus areas include Agriculture, Energy, Commodity Trading, Informational Technologies (IT), and Sustainable Technologies.



As the Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Chandra Dake took Dake Solutions from small boutique IT consulting organization, to a strong Artificial Intelligence Innovator, and through the formation of Dake Rechsand with Mr. Qin Shengyi. Mr. Dake’s 21 years of experience in varied industries led to the formation of Dake Rechsand, which is now the global leader in in innovative technologies for desert farming, water retention in desert areas, and the conservation of water/rain water harvesting.


The other partner in Dake Rechsand is China-based Rechsand Technology Group Co., Ltd., which is led by Mr. Qin Shengyi. Mr. Shengyi is Chairman and President of Rechsand Technology Group Co., Ltd., and Dean of Rechsand Manufacturing Research Institute, where he also serves as a Senior Engineering Professor.


Mr. Shengyi graduated from Nanjing Institute of Technology and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Peking University. He holds the key position as Director of State Key Laboratory of “Silicon Sand Resources Utilization.” Mr. Shengyi has dedicated 35 years of his life on the research for utilization of desert sand for various applications such as farming and water conservation. He has published six academic papers and holds 670 original patents.


Dake Rechsand maintains a research and development platform at the “State Key Laboratory of Silicon Sand Resources Utilization” and the “Academician Workstation” in China. All of the company's 670 original invention patents have been successfully implemented independently and industrialized.


Patented Processes and Products


Dake Rechsand uses patented processes to make a wide variety of desert sand products that use selective permeability to reinvent water’s role in our world. These include:


1. Breathable Sand -- An air permeable and water impermeable product that increases water retention there by making it ideal for utilization in desert environments using less water.

2. Water Conservation Materials -- Breathable/permeable bricks, pavers and stones capable of storing water from rain or cloud-seeding and then re using such water.

3. Oil Sand -- Oil permeable but water impermeable, this sand increases the potential for production of oil from wells reducing water pumping out with oil.


Teaming With Dake Rechsand


On November 4, 2022, I teamed with the Dake Group, which is the global managing partner of Dake Rechsand and exclusive distributor of the company's products, to make desert farming a reality in the four desert regions of the U.S. I have founded, owned, and managed many paradigm-shifting businesses across a variety of industries and disciplines. I collaborated with the Dake Group in South Africa and India on waste-to-energy projects prior to forming our current partnership. Dake Rechsand is a world-class company that is led by a visionary CEO.


Desert farming is an economical option for entrepreneurs and Native American Tribes located in the Southwestern United States. Desert farming also bolsters food security at affordable prices and restores degraded lands.


Dake Rechsand also offers forestation technology and products to complement desert farming, or as a stand-alone project.


Together, Dake Rechsand and my company will be marketing this innovative desert farming technology to Native-American Tribes (and other interested parties) in America’s four desert regions. Native-American Tribes are uniquely positioned to benefit from the Dake Rechsand products for desert farming and afforestation. In addition to a food security platform, desert farming provides another economic empowerment tool for these Tribes.


Additional information about desert farming is located on Dake Rechsand’s Facebook page.


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