For many urban households keen to grow their own vegetables but find it difficult to own a kitchen garden, hydroponic farming is proving to bean attractive proposition.
It’s not just households, but some farmers also have taken to hydroponic farming (also known as soil-less farming), which entails growing plants in a nutrient-rich solution.
“It is a new concept in India; it is a niche market, but has spread to a number of States and cities such as Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, and also certain parts of Gujarat. The idea is to cultivate food using technology,” said Sreehari Ambuluri, founder of Hyderabad-based Plantaerie, which is working on sustainable hydroponics food growth systems.
Plantaerie, along with Singapore-based Farm2Home, has also organised a two-day AgriTech Festival on November 27 and 28 on hydroponics and aquaponics.