Myanmar: Start-up sees future farmers using hydroponics, smart tech

Ko Htet Aung Hlaing, founder of local start-up HydroPlant, wants to revolutionise farming in Myanmar. “HydroPlant is expanding its two business arms. The first one is disseminating hydroponic technology and selling the required equipment. We build greenhouses. The second is selling smart precision systems,” he said. 

The smart precision systems offer information that farmers need via a smartphone, including an automatic control system. For example, a machine measures the required temperature and humidity of a crop, which can be monitored via a smartphone. Depending on the temperature, the user can operate systems such as automatic watering or air temperature controls. 

“For farmers who grow plants in soil, machines will add the right amount of fertiliser automatically. Also, automatic spraying systems save water. We’re selling these systems now, which about 15 mushroom farmers are using,” he said, adding that the system can help farmers reduce labour costs and increase production. 

Read more: (Yu Wai)

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