Kheyti’s Greenhouse in a Box to cut water needs by 90% for farmers
As India faces its worst water crisis, why we need to look at startups like Kheyti
Kheyti has developed a “Greenhouse-in-a-box” – an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with full stack services that uses 90% less water, grows 7 times more food and gives farmers a steady dependable income.
There is a 98 percent of savings in agricultural water for the same crop yield by using a greenhouse vs in an open field.
Groundwater availability, which accounts for about 40 percent of India's water supply, is getting depleted at an 'unsustainable' rate and about 70 percent of our water supply is contaminated resulting in illness, or worse, death. But the biggest impact of this water crisis is acutely lived and felt by the farmers of our country. Hyderabad-based Kheyti is one of the startups that can help.
Reasons why the company believes that they provide the best solution in the market.
Only solution in the country offering a climate-smart agricultural solution to smallholder farmers to help them grow vegetables in a greenhouse and get a reliable income.
In addition to greenhouses, by providing farm services like expert inputs, financing, training, and market linkage, they create a seamless experience for the farmer. The right technology and farm services can give a permanent path out of poverty.
The firm has built a model that works without government subsidies. So, if governments can act smartly by supporting such solutions, the lasting impact can be generated at scale without giving away freebies.
Green house-in-a-box is a modular greenhouse + drip irrigation system that has the potential to save water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants.
Kheyti uses drip irrigation with four layers on it to prevent water losses through evaporation. Hence, using just 1,000 litres of water in a day, considerably lesser than what they currently use, farmers can grow beautiful and safe vegetables.
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