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“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness"
Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan economy and is the main source of food all over the world. It contribute 19% in GDP and is the major source of employment. Agriculture has evolved in to agribusiness and has become a vast and complex system that reaches beyond the farm to include all those who are involved in bringing food and fiber to consumers.
Agribusiness include not only those that farm the land but also the people and firms that provide the inputs, process the output, manufactures the food products and transport and sell the food products to consumers.
Requirement to start agriculture as a business vary from country to country. For instance, in Pakistan agribusiness is growing and has bright future.
“Investment in agriculture are the best weapons against hunger and poverty, and they have made life better for billions of peoples”
Today the business has become very competitive and complex. This is mainly due to changing taste and fashion of the consumers on the one hand and introduction of substitute and cheaper and better competitive goods, on the other hand. To start any business, one should know the complete details of that business. The most demanding and profitable agriculture business in Pakistan includes
The important pre-requisites for successful agribusiness are clear objectives, planning, sound organization, research, finance and proper plant location, layout and size. If one should follow these steps prior to agribusiness startup he will earn more profit and run a successful business and help in the growth of country’s economy.
GREENHOUSE IN PAKISTAN
There is the need of a new and effective technology which can continuously improve the productivity, profitability, sustainability of our major farming systems. One such technology is the greenhouse technology. Although it is centuries old, it is new to Pakistan.
The greenhouse has ramed or inflated structures covered with transparent or translucent material large enough to grow crops under partial or fully controlled environmental conditions to get optimum growth and productivity.
The major purpose of greenhouse is to accommodate favorable growing conditions secure crops from unfavorable weather and various insect pests. Crops production is a very challenging bussiness,wiya constantly exposed to unfavorable conditions. Weather and climatic conditions play an important role in determining the pace of crops production.
Important elements related with greenhouse farming include shape structure of life span, material, life span and amount of sunlight, natural ventilation, heating and efficiency of material. Use of good quality material and good management practices for greenhouse gave us better results and good output.
On the basis of structure greenhouse farming has many types
The major advantage of greenhouse is that it enables effffective management and reduce risk. We can use different techniques to keep temperature stable in green house which include heating fans, human made heaters, polycarbonates and polythene plastic is also used for this purpose. Investment in greenhouse gives opportunity to produce offseason fruits and vegetable and earn more profit.
Through the greenhouses, farmers has successfully been able to cultivate a wide variety of crops. These include wheat, cucumber, zucchini, and tomatoes, onion, cabbage, radish all year round and against all the weather related challenges.
The future of agriculture in Pakistan is greenhouses Producing our crops in a controlled environment makes them more desirable in the international market,” government should facilitate the farmers regarding greenhouse farming. We can earn huge profit by producing offseason crops, fruits and vegetables and increase exports of offseason produce and kick-start the country,s economy.
“We want to impact the world in a positive way by helping people grow their own food,” says Rick Langille, CEO and Founder of Harvest Today. As an avid explorer who has sailed the oceans for years, Rick learned first-hand that the exploding population comes with increasing pressure on the ecosystem.
It was in 2019 when Rick decided to take it upon himself to design his own grow wall. Driven by the realization that there was a need for a scalable and flexible option to indoor growing, Rick, along with long-time friend and engineer Joe Kapuschion, made the “Harvest Wall” a reality.
Two and a half years later, Harvest Today is now a global manufacturer of indoor grow walls based in Broomfield, Colorado USA. With sales operations in five countries and counting, Harvest Today’s goal of empowering communities all over the world is clear.
Grow walls for anyone
The Harvest Wall is designed to adapt to different applications and user needs. “Think of a brick wall with rows and columns linking together to build a vertical surface,” explains Rick.
A grow wall can be created by horizontally and vertically locking the tiles with each other. This is what makes the Harvest Wall scalable to virtually any size the client needs.” Whether it is a commercial farm or one for personal use, Harvest Today is will work with all types of customers and fill needs.
97% less water
The main feature of the Harvest Wall is the tile. The tile contains six grow ports in front and Vertigation™ channels at the back that ensure every plant in the wall gets watered consistently. The wall uses 97% less water was one of the main design priorities and this has been achieved by the patented water flow channels on the inside of the Harvest Wall.
A Harvest Wall can have as many as 720 ports to accommodate a variety of crops. The footprint of a MEGA Harvest Wall measures only 102-inches (2,6m) wide and 74-inches (1,9m) tall.
"With a simple closed-loop plumbing system, the Harvest Wall has minimal points of failure and is easy enough for kids at school to understand,” says Rick.
To most people outside the vertical growing industry, indoor farming is still a concept of the future. Since the start of 2020, Harvest Today’s goal has been to empower communities all over the world to have access to locally grown nutrient-dense food.
“In designing the Harvest Wall, we wanted to achieve a wall that can easily be shipped and set up in even the most remote communities,” explains Rick.