Israeli help for developing four hydroponic farms in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand will develop four hydroponic farms - to be known as ‘Kamalphonic’ - on experimental basis with help of Israel to promote aqua farming in the hill statedehradun Updated: Jul 17, 2017 18:44 IST
Uttarakhand will develop four hydroponic farms - to be known as ‘Kamalphonic’ - on experimental basis with help of Israel to promote aqua farming in the hill state, irrigation minister Satpal Maharaj said on Monday.
Hydroponic farming is the system of growing food in water without the use of soils. “We will call it ‘Kamalphonic’ farm as lotus is also grown naturally on water,” said Maharaj.
The irrigation department has already began work to create infrastructure for the four farms in Dehradun, Pauri, Chamoli and Almora districts, he said.
“The farms will be set up with the help of Israeli agricultural experts. These are completely aquatic farming that don’t require earth to grow crops or plants,” the minister said.
“It can help hill farmers to get better yields in terms of quantity as well as quality. We have small land holdings in hill areas and hydroponic farming can support farmers take up vertical cropping with water storage facilities on the base of every stair.
The minister said the irrigation department would create and maintain the hydroponic farms as a pilot project to help the agriculture and horticulture departments to take up and promote the new pattern of farming specially in hills, where size of farmland was small and per unit area yield was low.
Irrigation secretary Anand Bardhan said: “This (new system) can open a gateway for new mode of farming in the state and lead to augment farmers’ income by many folds.”
Hydroponic farming is an Israeli agricultural technique based completely on circulating water that carries all essential macro and micro nutrients needed by plants.