AS Agri and Aqua, one of India’s major turmeric producers and a hi-tech soil-based vertical farming enterprise, has recently invested in Pandurang Taware’s newly found startup, Agri Tourism Development Company (ATDC). According to the company, the action is a step toward bringing attention to agri eco-horti tourism in India and working on an unified aim of offering the most advantages to farmers. Through agriculture tourism, the joint venture hopes to build a sustainable, economically viable ecosystem that helps villages thrive environmentally.
Highlighting the collaboration, Dr. Prashant Zade, Founder, AS Agri And Aqua said, “Agriculture has a lot of potential in many areas, and if directed correctly, farmers may make a significant contribution to the country’s progress. We’re hoping to collaborate and bring hi-tech cluster vertical farming initiatives into India’s agri eco-horti tourism belt. This will act as a collaborative forum for advancing the goal of assisting farmers in being financially self-sufficient and independent.”
Despite the fact that India grows 80 per cent of the world’s turmeric, the country only exports 8-10 per cent of the crop due to strict export criteria, demanding more than 4.5 per cent curcumin content. AS Agri’s turmeric is constant in quality, variety, growing method, and curcumin levels suited for export, allowing it access to a large international market, the company claims.
Speaking on the development, Pandurang Taware, Founder, Agri Tourism Development Company (ATDC) said, “With its vast experience, AS Agro has given farmers the much-needed confidence to develop their own agri eco horti tourist centres. The new projects, when combined with vertical farming clusters, will undoubtedly play a significant role in the country’s future food production.”
AS Agri has also launched vertical farming cluster projects. These projects are gaining traction among farmer groups, farmer cooperatives, investors wishing to buy land in rural Maharashtra. AS Agri and Aqua provides a build-operate-repurchase (B-O-B) service, which includes construction, operations, maintenance, production, and buyback. “We’ve had a positive response to this strategy so far, with over 1500 projects up and running, and this is only going to rise in the future as cluster initiatives that will assist lakhs of farmers,” Dr. Zade said.
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