With food scarcity becoming a global peril, countries around the world have started to rethink their food production techniques stressing on urban farming. India is one of the most populous countries in the world, and it needs to gear up all the more for the future.
A recent round of news states that the Singapore government has issued a lot of money to rev up its ingrown food production amidst the global restrictions on trade. So the question arises, what can India learn from this?
Com crop has led the way for the world by “reinvigorating marginalized spaces and embracing marginalized workforces.” They are Singapore’s only rooftop urban farming company, but their produce meets an incredible amount of demands successfully.
There is a new horizon for the urban farming sector in India also. At least before the pandemic situation, it was so. Urban farming was steadily on the rise in almost all the major Indian cities.
City dwellers were investing in their small rooftop gardening in the hope of producing fresh pesticide-free produce for self-consumption.
High- tech hydroponic farms were mushrooming at a steady pace. These farms would even provide training for interested farmers.
The cost of installation via these farms is quite high, but that is because they are limited in number. With more production, the cost of produce and other expenses would come down.
Even stories of high-income group IT people leaving jobs to take up farming in India were circulating with full enthusiasm.
They were not only successfully growing fresh veggies for their entire family but would also be able to share their produce with their community. Sometimes even sell it.
All the above facts add to my conviction that if our government invests in urban farming where limited space can yield good produce, then the future will be green. Food shortages will be dealt with.
Now the tricky part is: Urban rooftop farming needs a lot of precision and must adhere to specific guidelines. As fancy as it sounds, growing food in our homes is not entirely elementary. Techniques and skills are a must.
It is not a matter of whims or fancy. Even in this respect, the government can help to make arrangements to issue circulars and promote urban farming to boost food production.
As for our traditional farmer friends, I feel hydroponics can be a great sustainable option. If government grants, subsidies, and training are provided to the local farmers, they can even put barren lands to produce fresh veggies.
How Would A Proper Urban Farming Infrastructure Have Suited A Time Like This?
The scope and boundaries of water-based gardening like hydroponic are never-ending. It will be a win-win situation for everybody in the long run.
For the most part, the quality of our products will highly improve. Also, vertical farming will ensure the optimum usage of limited city spaces.
When I look at the small-town markets, I feel repulsed at the low quality of veggies that we have access to. Even our shopping plazas do not sell very high-quality produce. It’s not their fault entirely as the best is exported away.
Is Urban Farming the Future?
The best solution to tackle quality and quantity will be to make urban farming or rooftop farming a mainstream thing. Also, it will ensure that rural farmers can explore the scope of modern farming techniques.
“In more specific terms, the team estimates that urban agriculture, if deployed across all available vacant land, rooftops, and building façades, could produce 100–180 million tons of food, save about 14–15 billion kilowatt-hours of energy, sequester 100,000–170,000 tons of nitrogen, and offset roughly 2 trillion cubic feet of storm runoff each year.”
Furthermore, it also states urban agriculture can affect global food security and ecosystem health positively. “Although its impacts vary from country to country, the results are promising.”
Land shortage can be dealt with as the likes of hydroponic farming or aquaponic farming make optimized land usage.
It is a dream I share to invest in hydroponics and make fresh organic produce available to my city. It is still a relatively new concept for rural India, but with proper education and research on the subject, we can surely make the most out of it.
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