"With increasing capex and challenging unit economics of farms, it seems we are doing something impossible. While the challenges posed by climate change are still present, there's an urgent need for innovative solutions. Our technology ensures higher yields due to our core crop science team that starts to work from the seed level making our solutions viable even for consumers who buy produce we believe shouldn't pay a premium just because it's grown sustainably," says Vihari Kanukollu, CEO and Co-founder of UrbanKisaan.
Nailesh Kanaksi Khimji (NKK) Investments entered a strategic partnership with UrbanKisaan to broaden hydroponic farming practices in Oman, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. Under the umbrella of this joint venture, NKK Investments aims to introduce UrbanKisaan's affordable hydroponic and vertical farming technology to Omani farmers.
The official signing of the MoU
Vihari adds, "Our partnership represents a significant step forward in our mission to democratize access to fresh, local produce. NKK Investments, with its strong presence in the Middle East, aligns perfectly with our vision. This collaboration not only allows us to tap into new markets but also amplifies our impact in promoting sustainable farming practices on a global scale."
Chirayu Khimji, Director of NKK Investments and KR Group, says, "By combining NKK Investments'strategic insights with UrbanKisaan's pioneering technology, we are poised to reshape the future of farming in Oman and help our nation achieve food security. We are confident that the proliferation of our technology within the Sultanate will allow the people of Oman to enjoy pesticide and GMO-free fruits and vegetables at the lowest pricing to date."
The solution is needed now
Vihari doesn't see vertical farming as just the future; it's the present that we're actively shaping. Especially with countries with less arable land or less land itself like island nations or countries with increasing populations like India with decreasing yields due to bad soil health, these to us are current day problems and not of the future. Vertical farming offers a solution that's both space-efficient and sustainable.
"I envision a world where cities become self-sufficient in their food production, drastically reducing carbon footprints associated with food transportation. As technology continues to evolve, vertical farms will become more accessible, affordable, and integral to our daily lives, ensuring fresh, local produce is always within reach," he adds.
"We are currently actively licence our IP enabling people to partner with us and grow like our other partnership."
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