`Poly house farming can mitigate vegetable supply crisis`

Poly house farming can mitigate supply crisis of vegetables in cities if the new farming technology is deployed on a large-scale in surrounding regions, a senior official of Mother Dairy said on Friday.

New Delhi: Poly house farming can mitigate supply crisis of vegetables in cities if the new farming technology is deployed on a large-scale in surrounding regions, a senior official of Mother Dairy said on Friday.

In poly house farming method, cultivation of vegetables is done in a controlled atmosphere, under ultraviolet film roofing and nets to keep pests out.

The water-soluble fertilisers and micro-managed irrigation used for this farming helps in saving on water, labour and pesticides among others.

"New farming technologies like poly house farming are today proving to be game changers and ensures supply security for our customers with strong back end linkage," Mother Dairy Business Head Horticulture Pradipta Kumar Sahoo said.

He was speaking at the `All India Farmers Meet` in Karnal in Haryana. Sahoo emphasised that poly farming techniques could placate all supply related issues of vegetables in big cities, provided these techniques are used on large scale near consumptions hubs.

"Seasonal vegetables like tomato, capsicum has favoured for such practise. The poly-house condition permits better crop production which reduces dependence on rainfall and makes optimum use of land and water resources," he said in a statement.

Poly house farming can help farmers raise yield substantially and generate income round-the-year by growing multiple crops in the same land, he added.
The farmers were apprised at today`s meeting in Haryana about the changing market demand and importance of food safety standards. The day-long event saw overwhelming participation from over 200 farmers across 13 states.
Mother Dairy sells vegetables at its stores under the flagship brand Safal.

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