Soil-less crops, vertical plots and the future of farms
The Philippines will soon be getting its first smart farm, thanks to funding from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. Smart farming uses technology to boost output, minimise costs and promote sustainability and green agricultural practices. The Quezon City Farm, as the project is known, will house a $7m programme dubbed Spice – Smart Plant Production in Controlled Environments – aimed at encouraging urban farming and tech-based plant conservation in the country. With a view to protecting the rich ecological landscape of the Philippines, the smart farm will be able to grow endangered and valuable native plant species in a highly controlled environment that harnesses modern farming techniques such as vertical farming, cryopreservation, which protects biological material from chemical damage through freezing at extremely low temperatures, and hydroponics, a technique that allows plants to be grown without using soil.
Crops grown using hydroponics, a method that will be utilised at the Quezon City Farm