Scarcity of fertile land and water for food production and malnutrition are major problems that have been haunting developing countries including ours for years now. Instead of just pondering over the problem or discussing tirelessly about it on social media platforms a youth from Goa decided to do something concrete about it. The end result was a unique initiative – Goa’s first vertical hydroponics farm.
Ajay Naik the founder and promoter of Goa’s first vertical hydroponics farm is a software engineer by profession and is the partner creator of several successful apps including the highly popular Bible Inspirational App which was acquired by a German firm for a whooping 1 million euros. From starting Goa’s first mobile app product company to first acquisition in Goa to now first vertical hydroponics farm in Goa to grow exotic vegetables, Ajay’s out-of-the-box journey has been truly an inspirational one.
Ajay’s hydroponics farm in Goa is into growing top quality , healthy and exotic vegetables. They grow 3 ton lettuce every month at their farm located at Karaswada in Mapusa which occupies only 150 sq mt land using 80% less water compared to traditional farming.
Ajay shares details about the hydroponics farming technology and its significance in present day and time in this article of his written exclusively for Digital Goa.
Hydroponic – Farming the Hi-Tech way
Producing food nowadays is becoming a real challenge. With the world population growing at intensive pace, water becoming scarcer every day, and the ecological impact of transportation, hydroponics is the best choice for commercial as well as home growing. Today hydroponic auto production, in small to medium scale family farms and urban gardens, is developing all over the world.
Advantages of Hydroponic Farming
Among many advantages, hydroponics allows you to produce more (20 to 30%) high quality vegetables and fruits, save on water and nutrient consumption, and grow fresh food everywhere, including sterile and unproductive lands, or in big cities and capitals. It helps cutting down on expensive intermediaries and shipping costs and reducing our carbon footprint. It is user-friendly so that any grower with a will can apply it successfully.
Why grow lettuce and salad greens?
Salads are a healthy food and a fast crop; they don’t need much space or investment.
Hydroponic Farming – Significance in Indian Context
India’s demographic dividend is often touted as one of the country’s strengths. More than half of its 1.25 billion population is younger than 25. In the coming decades, India is expected to be one of the few countries where the working population will exceed the number of retirees. Even so, India is struggling with a huge problem: The country has the world’s largest population of malnourished children. Each day, some 1,500 children die of malnutrition. A government report titled, Children in India 2012 — A Statistical Appraisal notes that “48% of children under age five years are stunted … which indicates that half of the country’s children are chronically malnourished.” According to UNICEF, one in three malnourished children in the world is Indian. It is estimated that reducing malnutrition could add some 3% to India’s GDP.
Let’s fight the malnutrition and unemployment problem by growing and feeding healthy food and let’s build a better country for our coming generations.