Bengaluru woman grows vegetables and prawns on her terrace

Amidst the chaos of Bengaluru traffic, on a rooftop in Richards Town, you will find Jincy Samuel’s terrace dotted with a rainbow of colours, from purple and burgundy to green. If you look closely you may notice it is not a typical garden lined with flower beds, it has prawns and tilapia fish that mingle with the vegetable and herb plants.

Putting fish to work
As the country went into a lockdown in March last year, it became a common sight to see people queuing up in large numbers outside supermarkets. It was during this time, Jincy’s husband, Benson Samuel, suggested they start growing their own food. “During the lockdown, we had to go and stand in long queues at grocery shops, which was tiring. My mother-in-law and I have always been fond of gardening but the lockdown proved to be a game-changer for us,” says Jincy.

Neither Jincy nor her husband has any formal training in agriculture. Jincy holds an MBA and has professional experience working at BPO’s, running a cryptocurrency platform and has worked in the food sector while her husband has worked in the technology industry.

Since Jincy and her husband were both self-employed and with no prior training on how to grow their food they began taking out time to study the possible methods they could use. “The hydroponic system can easily be set up in an urban household. I have compared growing plants using soil versus hydroponics. I have found that the growth is faster since the environment is more controlled. As you have the polyhouse there are no pests that come and attack the plants and at the same time you can control what nutrients the plant receives. This gives better results than soil-based gardening,” says Jincy. 

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