In the west of Puerto Rico, an ag innovation company is developing tools to help promote the country's food security and sovereignty. The company behind it is Fusion Farms, dedicated to aquaponic agriculture since 2018.
Fusion Farms developed vertical farms in which they grow a variety of leafy greens, spices, aromatic herbs, microgreens and fruits. The growing and harvesting are done in warehouses of the Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO, for its acronym in English).
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for fresh produce has grown significantly, which led Fusion Farms to increase its operations in Mayagüez and to expand into other locations in abandoned industrial facilities on the Island.
Fusion Farms' first phase of expanded headquarters is located in the Guanajibo Industrial Park in Mayagüez, where the company occupies an 11,500 square foot (~1070m2) building. According to the newspaper La Perla del Sur, Fusion Farms will expand its facility to increase the cultivation area by more than 500%. Next to that, the production capacity by over 1,200%. The system allows for 9 to 12 times the annual yield.
“The amount of food needed to satisfy the world's population in the next 30 years will exceed the food available by 100%. This type of innovative agriculture represents an ideal solution to help grow food consistently and with environmentally responsible methods that support and positively impact the potential for achieving food sovereignty in the country, ”stated the company's co-founder, Kendell Lang.
“We immediately established contact with the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (RUM) to collaborate with the academy and the scientific community in the areas of Agricultural Sciences and Agronomy. Nowadays, we have boarding students, scientists from the university community. As well as graduated RUM employees, who are an integral part of our team,” explained Kendell.
Read the complete article at La Perla del Sur (in Spanish)