KSUM-backed startup helps set up state's first hydroponic automated farm in city
By Team Startupcity | Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 09:23 IST
Uptown Urban Farms Pvt Ltd will establish the first and largest automated hydroponic farm in the state in the state's capital as part of a technology-driven agricultural effort funded by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM).
General Education Minister V Sivankutty officially opened the fully automated hydroponic farm that was built on a 16,000 square foot plot of land in Karamana. In relatively small spaces, hydroponics, a method of growing plants using a water-based fertiliser solution instead of soil, aids in producing pesticide-free, high-quality veggies. In addition to ensuring excellent yields, this technique uses little water, enabling cultivation even in locations without fertile soil.
In relatively small spaces, hydroponics, a method of growing plants using a water-based fertiliser solution instead of soil, aids in producing pesticide-free, high-quality veggies. In addition to ensuring excellent yields and minimal water use, this technique enables cultivation even in locations without fertile soil.
This industrial hydroponic farm benefits from completely automated farming solutions provided by uFarms, a customisable Internet of Things farm automation system developed by eight young people around one and a half years ago. The technology created by uFarms can automate fertiliser mixing, dosing, fertigation, and climate control systems at the farm with the aid of sensors put there and a smartphone.
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