Barton Breeze plans to start hydroponic farms in Hyderabad
The company, which is a specialist in commercial hydroponic farms, develops the farms and operates them for farmers as well.
Hyderabad: Environmentally Controlled Agriculture Specialist Barton Breeze is considering setting up hydroponic farms in Hyderabad as part of expanding operations in southern India. She wants to settle initially on around 4 acres in Hyderabad and then expand, said Shivendra Singh, founder of Barton Breeze. The company, which is a specialist in commercial hydroponic farms, develops the farms and operates them for farmers as well.
“We are working on several technologies that will improve agricultural productivity. Hydroponics is one of the many tools we have available to increase farm productivity, ”he said, adding that she now monitors a plant’s growth on 18 parameters using the technology. Nine more parameters will be added in about two or three years. “Agricultural technologies change every six months,” he said, adding that he has recently started using thermal scanners that automatically identify pests and help in their effective management. He works on new technologies with government agencies, especially Indian and German. This sensor, once ready, can help increase productivity by almost 30%. It will take two or three years to achieve the goals set, he said.
“We realized that selling farm products is a big challenge for farmers. We are now in the process of finding buyers for the products as well. For this, we offer a bank guarantee to farmers. If we don’t pay the farmers, the bank will pay them. We follow a lightweight asset model that facilitates scalability. The main investments are borne by the participating farmers. We are also pooling farmers who are ready to invest small amounts of around Rs 5 lakh, ”he said. Typically, it takes around Rs 1.1 crore to Rs 1.5 crore to develop a one acre hydroponics plant, he said.
The company, which is headquartered in Haryana India, is engaged in research and development to bring technology to agriculture, automate systems, and use various devices to increase productivity. Hydroponics products are increasingly accepted with e-commerce and popular retail outlets selling hydroponics products. It also provides home kits and indoor trusses for home gardeners. It helps set up automated farming systems that can be operated remotely. Hydroponics is commonly used for lettuce, microgreens, cabbage, spinach, cilantro, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, basil, and many more.
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