IIT-K develops tech for growing fresh veggies in high-altitude areas

IIT-K develops tech for growing fresh veggies in high-altitude areas

The technology will reduce the scarcity of fresh vegetables and mitigate effective organic waste management in areas like Leh-Ladakh

According to a press release, the technology has been developed keeping in view the scarcity of fresh vegetables or agricultural produce and the lack of effective organic waste management in high altitude areas like the Leh-Ladakh region.

Prof Abhay Karandikar, director, IIT Kanpur said, “The high altitude areas pose some crucial problems when it comes to availability of fresh produce and organic waste management, especially for our defence forces that require a good amount of fresh produce in their daily diet. Due to the climate and weather conditions, it is difficult to avail fresh produce year-long.”

“Hence, this novel technology of root zone heating system and vermi bed method developed by the team at our institute is a significant step towards helping especially our defence forces deployed there with fresh vegetable supply and a solution to effectively mitigate organic waste,” he said.

A team comprising MTech student Anshul Rawat, and Prof Mukesh Sharma, and Prof Anubha Goel from the department of civil engineering has been granted patent for this technology.

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/lucknow-news/iitk-develops-tech-for-growing-fresh-veggies-in-high-altitude-areas-101656354464634.html