Nearly 25 hi-tech farms have been set up in different parts of Kerala by startup QORE3 Innovations. Kerala growers, young and old, have either adapted to or are exploring possibilities of hi-tech practices such as precision farming, micro-irrigation, vertical gardening, hydroponics, aquaponics and integrated farming in a big way.
Although hi-tech farming started some nine years ago in the state, it took a while for the methods to catch on. P Susheela, professor and principal investigator, Hi-Tech Research and Training Unit, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, says acceptance has been gradual and there has been some disappointment as well.
“However, it is the need of the hour. Unless you embrace new technology, you can’t expect the young generation to take up farming,” she told thehindu.com.
Susheela adds that although the pandemic brought programmes to a halt for a few months, online classes are on in full swing. “People are registering for training sessions in good numbers. Aquaponics is a big draw. While some are passionate to learn, there are a few who have no clue about the practice but want to earn a bumper yield in no time,” she says.
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