Agricultural technologies are endeavoring to keep up with climate change and population growth, even more in regions where living is arduous. In order to escape this situation and generate a substantial harvest, the adoption of innovative methods, such as hydroponic systems, is essential. Owing to the same, Flosbela recently accomplished the completion of a fully automated hydroponics project located inside an active open casting mine. In February 2021, Flosbela and the Society for Innovation & Development (SID) - Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for carrying out a Hydroponics Project at Neyveli Lignite Corporation of India Limited (NLCIL).
The project was constructed at one of the most challenging places. It was a reclaimed lignite mine inside a Central Government organization with extreme conditions throughout the year, whether it was heat or rain. Another major challenge that the place inherited was that many times, it was inaccessible due to heavy rains flooding roads inside the mining area.
Despite a multitude of challenges, the project's construction was finished by July 28, 2021, and cultivation began in an area of 1600 sq. m, accommodating 2418 Dutch buckets and 42 vertical A-Frames of 100 plants each.
The founder of the company says, "For a sustainable food future, the world needs to boost the productivity of the existing lands by adapting to more efficient and more sustainable agricultural practices, like hydroponics."
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