COMMERCIAL HYDROPONICS – Increases Food Supply with decreases impact on Nature
HGTIPL, Bangalore, India, www.petbharoproject.co.in introduces its revolutionary concept of a Hydroponic Food Park system. The dwindling availability of fertility of soil, clean and surplus water, availability of farm labour, drought conditions and the vagaries of global warming, comes a drastic reduction in availability of food and basic nutrition. HGTIPL, who are the pioneers of Hydroponics in India, have a solution that can change the way horticulture is done and this is a solution that can be adopted by big ticket corporate and public sector companies, including high net worth entrepreneurs.
Even India’s neighbor Pakistan has started exporting hydroponic produce into Middle East and some countries of Europe.
Developed after in-depth research and study of food supply chains in Australia and in other developed countries over several years by its Founder and Chief Visionary, the modern hi-tech system is designed to grow vegetables, herbs and fruits and other foods much more efficiently and with greater food value than in conventional agricultural field conditions.
The Hydroponic Food Parks system will demonstrates the following characteristics:
- Produce approximately 5-20 times the normal production volume for field crops,
- Will use just 5-10 % of the normal water requirements for field crops,
- Can be built on non-arable lands and close to major city markets,
- Works in a variety of environments: urban, suburban, countryside, desert etc.
- Does not use herbicides or pesticides,
- Will have very significant operating and capital cost savings over field agriculture,
- Will drastically reduce transportation costs to market resulting in further savings, higher quality and fresher foods on delivery, and less transportation pollution.
- Is easily scalable from small to very large food production situations.
Food Parks – The Solution
In a rapidly urbanizing world where the majority of people now live in cities, localization requires that food and fuel be produced in an urban context. At present, there are no examples of a locally sustained urban community anywhere in the world. Urban sustainability is yet to be realized primarily because urban agriculture presents a number of technological challenges. The main challenge is a lack of growing space.
The Food Park idea is a new idea currently emerging in the sustainability discourse which offers great promise for increasing urban-peri urban food production. Hydroponic Food Park systems have been proposed as possible solutions for increasing urban food supplies while decreasing the ecological impact of farming. The primary advantage of Hydroponic growing is the high density production it allows using a much reduced physical footprint and fewer resources relative to conventional agriculture. Vertical growing, hydroponics and greenhouse production have now been combined into an integrated commercial production system, a system that has major potential for the realization of environmentally sustainable urban food and fuel production.
Who will benefit?
Retail Chain ,Defense establishments, Private Individuals, Public Sector Companies, Hotel Chains, Fast Food Chains, Processed Food Industry as Backward Integration, Railway Catering companies, Corporate Hospitals, FFV Exporters, Large land owners, NGO’s, Foreign Retail Companies (Outsourcing), Public-Private Partnerships.
COMPONENTS OF A HYDROPONIC FOOD PARK
Special Processing and Testing Rooms
Cleaning /Washing area
Food testing lab area
Gamma Irradiation Bay
CEO’s Office and Retinue
Nurseries for seedlings and small plants
Medical Facilities with Paramedics 24/7
Transport Parking Bay
Rain water harvesting tanks
Fresh water tanks
Hydroponic Training Tunnels
IT Support Office
Drainage and Sewage water systems
Street and Pathway Lighting
Tunnel Maintenance Center
Tunnel spares and equipment warehouse
COMMERCIAL HYDROPONICS- SOME YIELDS- ONE ACRE HYDROPONICS GREENHOUSE SYSTEM
Hydroponics offers the promise of feeding the millions of starving people around the world. Many greenhouse operations are actually hydroponic in nature – that is they are merely called “greenhouses” whereas they should really be called hydroponic growing facilities. Some of the high yields we refer to are greenhouse results. Hydroponic and greenhouse yields are commonly 5 times the field yield or a two crop per year field harvest and 10 times the field yield for a one crop per year field harvest.
Soil VERSUS Soil-less Cultivation-Few yields – examples
|Soya||600 lb||1,550 lb|
|Beans||5 tons||21 tons|
|Peas||1 ton||9 tons|
|Beets||4 tons||12 tons|
|Potatoes||8 tons||70 tons|
|Cabbage||13,000 lb||18,000 lb|
|Lettuce||9,000 lb||21,000 lb|
|Tomatoes||5-10 tons||60-300 tons|
|Cucumbers||7,000 lb||28,000 lb|
These Hydroponic Greenhouses set up in the food parks or even as standalone units can produce hundreds of thousands of tons of world class, nutritious food in small acreages. It is expected to be a catalyst in the coming green revolution. It is these kinds of technologies which are expected to change the future of Indian agriculture. It is no longer an option, but an imperative.
Recommended Produce to start with
- Lettuce Iceberg
- Bell Peppers (Colored)
By Lt Cdr (retd) CV Prakash ( Author is CEO, of HGTIPL Bangalore)