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Korea: Future of agriculture grows under Seoul’s subway stations

Children line up in front of a Metro Farm to experience and learn about agriculture in January 2020.(Farm8)

An average 7.5 million people take the subway each day in Seoul, according to Seoul Metro. This means that passersby will naturally encounter Metro Farms on their way to work, home or to meet family and friends.

By Kim Hae-yeon
Korea Herald
Jan 4, 2021
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The 394-square-meter cultivation facility is a complex space consisting of an “Auto-Farm,“ where robots manage basic sowing and harvesting, a “Farm Cafe,” which sells fresh salad and juice, made from crops harvested on the same day, and “FarmX,” a zone where visitors can learn about the future of agriculture.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Metro, and the agriculture company Farm8 have come together for this project. In 2004, Farm8 started out as a firm that produced and distributed vegetable salads. Over time, the company shifted gears to conduct research on indoor farming as a method of sustainable agriculture that can operate regardless of weather conditions and has succeeded in developing high-tech distribution centers.

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January 9, 2021   No Comments

India: How to Grow 63 Varieties of Vegetables on Your Terrace Using a Few Buckets & Fish

Since 2016, Pune-based Sameer has been growing vegetables using aquaponics, and has experimented with different kinds of fish to refine his technique

By Himanshu Nitnaware
Better India
Dec 28, 2020

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Sameer says the vegetables grown on the upper tub, while the fish live in another tub installed below. The water from the lower tub is pumped upwards to water the plants, which again drains down into the lower tub for recycling.

Sameer has experimented with different types of fish to refine his technique. These include the catfish, guppy, rohu, katla, and koi. “Koi helps yield the highest amount of produce, but is expensive,” he says. Apart from fish, the entrepreneur-turned-farmer has also worked on methods to balance the water and nutrition content for the plants.

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January 4, 2021   Comments Off on India: How to Grow 63 Varieties of Vegetables on Your Terrace Using a Few Buckets & Fish

India: Pune man grows veggies on rooftop without soil or digging

Sameer aims to spread awareness about the need to grow one’s own food instead of buying vegetables from commercial farms that are laden with pesticide. 

Times of India
Dec 15, 2020

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Over the years, he has grown 46 types of vegetables without any soil and need for digging. “The fish do all the work. The farm recirculates the water system, recreating river water conditions. The urea-laden water from the fish contains ammonia, which is good for the plants, and the clean water is given back to the fish. The crops are also 100% pesticide free, since I cannot use anything poisonous because it will harm the fish as well,” said the 38-year-old.

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December 18, 2020   Comments Off on India: Pune man grows veggies on rooftop without soil or digging

United Arab Emirates: Why Have High-Rise Balcony Gardens Become A Hot Trend In Dubai?

Kris Ang Marteja and her garden.Kris Ang Marteja

UAE citizens are urban farmers in the making, despite having regular full-time jobs.

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The UAE imports almost all of the food it consumes. Around 90 per cent of the food consumed in Dubai has come from a far, clocking up a lot of food miles.

Fresh produce comes from places like India, Iran, Lebanon, North and South America, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, UK, and Egypt.

As a result, the UAE is keen to develop more solutions for crop production at home. Especially in the desert – an area that struggles with issues of food insecurity.

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December 18, 2020   Comments Off on United Arab Emirates: Why Have High-Rise Balcony Gardens Become A Hot Trend In Dubai?

Israel: You’ve got kale: Grocery chain to sell salad leaves, herbs grown on ‘green wall’

A Vertical Field container stationed at the Tel Aviv port (Courtesy)

Vertical Field has signed ‘multi-million dollar’ deal with Rami Levy supermarkets to offer customers fresh produce picked from vertical farms

By Shoshanna Solomon
The Times of Israel
13 December 2020

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The crops, which include lettuce, basil, parsley, kale and mint, will be sold daily, directly to clients after harvest, “at competitive prices,” the statement added.

The walls will be in containers stationed outdoors, on the premises of the supermarkets. Customers will be able to buy the produce on the spot from a seller who will pick the produce from the container and hand it over, with payment happening on the spot.

Customers will also have the option of purchasing the produce with the soil bedding that it was grown in, “allowing the customers to enjoy all the nutritional benefits of a freshly harvested crop and a longer shelf life,” the statement said.

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December 16, 2020   Comments Off on Israel: You’ve got kale: Grocery chain to sell salad leaves, herbs grown on ‘green wall’

Singapore, a city of skyscrapers and little land, turns to farming

A farm stand operates on a rooftop in Singapore.
Photo: Lauryn Ishak/Bloomberg News

The government’s goal is to have 30% of the island’s nutritional requirements produced in Singapore by 2030, up from less than 10% today—a target some say would be a heavy lift.

By Jon Emont
The Wall Street Journal
Nov 23, 2020

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In this skyscraper-studded nation of nearly six million people, all the farmland combined adds up to about 500 acres—an area roughly the size of a single American farm.

In this skyscraper-studded nation of nearly six million people, all the farmland combined adds up to about 500 acres—an area roughly the size of a single American farm.

That explains why more than 90% of the city-state’s food comes from abroad, a feat of globalization that plays out every day as beef is brought from New Zealand, eggs from Poland and vegetables trucked in from Malaysia.

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November 27, 2020   Comments Off on Singapore, a city of skyscrapers and little land, turns to farming

Singapore: Tampines residents to grow vegetables from vertical hydroponic kits

Ms Tan Min Choo is one of the first residents to start growing vegetables using the vertical hydroponic kit. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

About 600 Tampines residents have already indicated interest in the vertical hydroponic project.

By Sue-Ann Tan
The Straits Times
Nov 21, 2020

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Tampines residents will soon be able to grow their own organic vegetables for personal consumption in a cleaner, more efficient way.

Rather than the traditional method of planting in soil, Our Tampines Hub is offering residents vertical hydroponics kits that can be used to grow veggies at home, it announced on Saturday (Nov 21).

The kits – about 1m wide and just under 2m high – can accommodate about 20 plants.

A pilot project will give about 50 kits free to residents whose homes are suitable, such as having enough sunlight.

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November 25, 2020   Comments Off on Singapore: Tampines residents to grow vegetables from vertical hydroponic kits