Bengaluru woman grows 230 plant varieties aquaponically on her terrace

Jincy Samuel's patio is studded with a rainbow of colors, from purple and burgundy to green, on a rooftop in Richards Town, amidst the chaos of Bengaluru traffic. If you look attentively, you will realize that it is not a conventional garden with flower beds, but one with prawns and tilapia fish that mix with the vegetable and herb plants.

When the country went into lockdown in March of last year, it became normal to witness long lines outside supermarkets. During this time, Jincy's husband, Benson Samuel, recommended that they start producing their own food. "We had to go and stand in long queues at grocery stores during the lockdown, which was exhausting. My mother-in-law and I have always enjoyed gardening, but the lockdown proved to be a game-changer for us," Jincy adds.

Jincy and her husband, who were both self-employed and had no prior knowledge of how to produce their food began devoting time to research possible methods they could apply. They were lured to hydroponics and aquaponics technologies for two reasons; the restricted amount of area available and the rate of growth as compared to traditional soil-based gardening.

"A hydroponic system can be simply installed in an urban household. I compared soil-grown plants to hydroponic ones, and I've discovered that growth is more rapid now that the environment is better regulated. Because you have a polyhouse, there are no pests that come and harm the plants, and you can also manage what nutrients the plants receive. This generates greater outcomes than soil-based farming," Jincy says.

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