Agri-scientist for opting vertical farming for productivity

11-01-2022    14:38   |    APP

ISLAMABAD- The fragmentation of arable land into smaller pieces coupled with rapidly decreasing agricultural labor force requires Pakistan to consider vertical farming practices, said a professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics while talking to APP.

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.

This modern agriculture called vertical farming reduces or completely eliminates the use of pesticides or any other preservatives while providing sustainable agriculture solution.

Talking to APP, 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.

While sharing the details 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.

He further said, “Due to population boost arable land in Pakistan is facing the crisis of fragmentation between generations. Presently, more than 80% farm area is 2 – 2.5 acre for one farmer. This means more than 80% farmers have land less than 2 acres which is too little for mechanized farming.

This creates the opportunity to go for vertical farming and use of GROW light technique because it requires cultivation in racks, pipes and trays which can be installed in very less area.”

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