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Growing Vertically: Dilmah Conservation launches hydroponics

December 23, 2020
  • Growing Vertically: Dilmah Conservation launches hydroponics
Hydroponic systems improve water efficiency in agriculture and strengthen productivity by increasing the quantity and value of produce. Dilmah Conservation in partnership with AiGrow looks towards bridging the gap between technology and the farming community by creating awareness on global agricultural shifts.

Climate change and water scarcity affect all walks of life in Sri Lanka and requires modern, practical solutions across a number of sectors. Strategic changes are needed in the agricultural sector in particular, which accounts for 70% of water use worldwide.

Dilmah Conservation partnered with Sri Lanka’s leading innovators Codegen International’s AiGrow to establish climate smart agricultural techniques like hydroponics to urban communities struggling for food security and to empower rural farming communities to adapt to the realities of a changing climate. Hydroponic farming can increase revenues, providing a platform to increase economic opportunity and new, competitive skill sets using advanced technologies to assist local farmers and growers to keep up with global agricultural trends and shifts.

Dilmah Conservation’s first hydroponic greenhouse was established at the One Earth Centre in Moratuwa, which is an educational and research centre dedicated to sustainable agricultural methods. The first greenhouse is 600 sq. ft and will function as a pilot model to educate and create sector and community awareness on hydroponics and vertical farming models. This includes growbag cultures, nutrient film technique (NFT) systems, and bed cultures, all of which are soil-less, water-efficient, climate-smart models suitable to grow produce and create edible gardens.

This is the first step of an extensive project lined up between Dilmah Tea and AiGrow. As producers, Dilmah is focused on the future of agriculture and is committed to share knowledge, expertise, and best practices with all other farmers and growers across the island. The increase in development and adoption of sustainable technologies, of climate smart agriculture, of knowledge of how to adapt to the new realities has been unprecedented in the past decade, especially in the last year. It is evident today that there is far greater potential and opportunity in climate smart agriculture, production, and lifestyles than in holding on to the past.

This article was taken from The Morning

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