Why hydroponic farms are trending
Urban farmers are taking to hydroponics, a water-smart solution to grow pesticide-free produce on rooftops and terraces
India’s hydroponics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.53% between 2020 and 2027, says a February report
It started with a casual conversation. Sriram Gopal, the founder-chief executive of Chennai’s hydroponics tech firm Future Farms, was at the house of a friend who had just become a father. “I had gone to congratulate him," recalls Gopal, 38, who ran an IT company then. They got talking about food and its impact on health. “I felt strongly about this (food quality) too," says Gopal, adding that the friend, who worked in the food industry, introduced him to a documentary on hydroponics.