On Friday 18 October, the Dutch Horticulture & Food delegation will visit the FoodTechIndia demonstration polyhouse in Tumkur, Karnataka, India. The aim of the demonstration polyhouse, built by the partners of FoodTechIndia being Future Consumer Limited (largest retailer in India), Broekman Logistics, Rijk Zwaan, TNO, Larive International and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is to showcase the future of closed cultivation in India. In the polyhouse vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, and eggplant are being grown in a temperature-controlled environment.
High-quality seeds, biological crop protection, and technology and knowledge from the Netherlands are being used and implemented to reduce the usage of pesticides and fertilizers, improve the yield and produce better, safe and higher quality vegetable products.
With the demonstration polyhouse, the FoodTechIndia partners want to show the farmers in Karnataka the benefits of growing crops in a controlled environment and train them on closed cultivation practices. Demonstrations and trainings in the greenhouse will take place until April 2022.
FoodTechIndia is a public-private initiative combining the strengths of Dutch agro-food companies, knowledge institutes, governmental agencies and their Indian counterparts to reduce food wastage in India through the establishment of an improved supply and cold chain infrastructure for fruits and vegetables in the state of Karnataka.
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