Growing hydroponic medicinal plants in India

Hyderabad-based hydroponics farm, Simply Fresh has now forayed into medicinal plants for nutraceutical companies. Even before the team at Simply Fresh, a hydroponics farm, began to work on their greenhouses for produce, they decided to dig a rainwater harvesting pit.

The pit was dug on six acres of their newly-acquired 150 acres of farmland near Komuravelli village in Siddipet, Telangana. The first farm by Simply Fresh was at Shameerpet. This rainwater harvesting pit and the water processing plant meets the farm’s irrigation needs up to nine months.

While passing through the sleepy village with colourful wooden-framed mud houses and an enormous swamp, one would not expect to encounter a hydroponic farm at the end. The staff at Simply Fresh however takes pride in calling the farm a sustainable food factory. Sachin Darbarwar, the CEO and founder, asserts that Simply Fresh is India’s largest plant factory. Since its inception in 2013, the company that gave Hyderabad and the F&B industry fresh salad leaves — right from red romaine to rocket leaves — cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and crunchy fruity peppers, has now forayed into raw material (medicinal plants) for nutraceuticals (medicinal food products).

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