Agritech startup Barton Breeze mobilised funding from GoI to develop sensor based technology
Agriculture technology start-up Barton Breeze has secured an undisclosed amount of cash from the Government of India for a joint initiative with German partners to develop new sensor-based technologies that would transform the hydroponic industry in India.
It was founded in 2015 and is now in the advanced stages of development and evaluation of automated sensors for an efficient nutrition management system in indoor vertical farming. Indoor vertical farming is the practise of growing farm products using soilless, hydroponic, or aeroponic growing systems in vertically stacked levels.
There are a number of technologies in development that will improve farm output. Barton Breeze's founder, Shivendra Singh, says hydroponics is one of many strategies he uses to increase agricultural productivity.
"With the sensor, productivity can be increased while operating costs are reduced. After two or three years, this project should be completed.
E-commerce and well-known retail stores in the country are more accepting of hydroponically farmed products.
Because plants are cultivated in inert material, vertical farming necessitates the use of fertigation to maintain nutrition. An important part of vertical farming's effectiveness is controlling the levels of macro- and micronutrients in the soil. Therefor, fertigation management sensors will detect macronutrients, EC and pH, and feed nutrition to the plants accordingly.
DataM Intelligence predicts a 13.53 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the Indian hydroponics market from 2020 to 2027.
Growing high-value nutritious vegetables and fruit can be done in protected structures in towns and cities as well as in the desert and on degraded soil using vertical farms. It has the potential to make a considerable contribution to helping feed the world's rising population, particularly in areas where food production is severely constrained by climate.