Hydroponic pepper farm expands in India

Triangle Farms, which has set up a hydroponics farm in Zaheerabad, has plans to set up more farms in Telangana. Currently, it is operating in about 32 acres with a greenhouse facility with a retractable roof system spanning 18 acres.

“We have a landbank of about 160 acres at Zaheerabad. In phase 2, we will be looking to adding about 50 acres to 100 acres. We will also be open to looking at new areas in the eastern part of Hyderabad or the Vijayawada highway,” said Mohan Urs, Chief Operating Officer, Triangle Farms. The company has met with success in growing colored capsicum. Out of the 18 acres, the retractable roof setup is 15 acres. Out of this, it brought 7.5 acres is under cultivation. It will add another 7.5 acres shortly, said Mohan.

“We are designing our own sensor systems, testing them, and designing the required hardware to automate the processes. The power requirement for farming will be less. We are using pressure sensors to find out the weight of the plants to know if the plans are getting the required nourishment. We also use sensors to check the moisture content in the roots. Then we also measure the electrical conductivity to gauge if nutrients are enough or not for growth. Many of these standardized shortly,” said Mohan.

The farm also has plans for autonomous vehicles for internal transport. “Each plant row is 112 m long. There are 280 to 300 such rows. It will take 15-20 minutes for a person to cover each row. Handling so many rows involves a lot of walking and this will hit the efficiency of workers. We will use autonomous vehicles for the transport of harvested fruit to the packaging section. The prototype will be ready in about two months and we will fine-tune them. The setup is expected to be ready in one year,” he said.

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