Pakistan: Agri-scientist for opting vertical farming for beauty and productivity

The fragmentation of arable land into smaller pieces coupled with rapidly decreasing agricultural labor force requires Pakistan to consider vertical farming practices. GROW is a viable alternative to mainstream agriculture. It is a design-based light recipe which shines vertically across the farmland. You experience the artwork as ‘dancing lights’ across the huge agricultural field..

Professor Dr. Ijaz Rasool Noorka, Chairman Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics at Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, said that vertical farming is the new future of agriculture and also aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Ijaz briefed the concept and benefits of vertical farming which will be introduced in Pakistan under China Pakistan Economic Corridor as was mentioned by Punjab Provincial Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi, late last year at Kissan convention.

“Illuminated blue, red & ultraviolet lights not only create beauty, atmospheric mood but also give life to a new style of farming. These led lights which are used in vertical farming are creating an enchanting environment for viewers along with providing the basic growth for plants grown through vertical farming,” Dr Ijaz maintained.

“In Pakistan, we do horizontal agriculture. But it needs to be changed according to the requirements of the day. We surely have to opt the GROW lights and hydroponics to achieve sustainable agriculture which will also lit up the environment with its immense beauty ” he remarked. "Another reason to go for this modern style of farming is the shortage of labor in agriculture which is growing with every passing day due to urbanization. By incorporating vertical farming, a farmer will be able to get following benefits simultaneously.

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