Profitable farming project in less space: will vertical farming work for Indian farmers?

Industrialists should focus on agriculture to make it more prosperous, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hiren Patel was inspired by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's extensive work and efforts in the field of agriculture, and founded Geetganga Farm, a soil-based high-tech vertical farming and bio-flock aquaculture farm at Polly House, in the Indian city Nagpur.

Hiren Patel, a modern farmer who is an industrialist, said "our project is the largest project in Asia. We cultivate about 2300 acres in 110 acres, on which we grow various other products like turmeric, beetroot, and broccoli. Those products are exported to more and more countries." 

One of the benefits of high-tech farming is that it eliminates the dependence on soil, climate, and manpower. Therefore, other farmers will be taught about the techniques as well, during a course at Guru Nanak College of Engineering. 

"If the industrialists want to get involved in agribusiness, they can come. Apart from this, we will also try to provide employment to the farmers through this medium. For this, we have started a placement cell through the Youth Foundation. Our agenda is to bring industrialists to agriculture in the near future," Patel said.

In honor of organic farming and farmers, a 50 feet long garland consisting of organic vegetables, fruits, tubers, roots, and more produced on the farm has been prepared. It will be the first of its kind in the country to be made from organic products and it has taken about a month and a half to make. After the inauguration program, fruits and vegetables will be distributed to the villagers.

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