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Now, grow chemical-free vegetables in soil-less indoor garden

Agro2o is offering a line of intelligent soil-free smart garden by using futuristic technologies such as automation and IoT. This makes it possible for everyone to grow fresh and chemical free plants in the comfort of their homes.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2020, 12.17 PM IST
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Agro2o's smart garden has oxygenated nutrient reservoir that enables the plants' roots to obtain the optimum level of oxygen.
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Living in a high-rise and want to have a small garden there, but don't have the time or space for it? With increased urbanization and lack of open spaces people are unable to grow plants and if you add to it the issue of depreciating water levels in the metro cities, having your own garden seems like a distant dream. In short, growing plants in a city has become a challenge.

To address this issue, Agro2o, a Delhi based agritech startup, has come up with a unique technology to grow plants without soil. By leveraging futuristic technologies such as automation and IoT, this tech firm has come up with a soil-free farming device that makes it possible for any individual to grow herbs, flowers and even vegetables indoors.

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Elaborating on the subject, Agro2o, founder, Yash Vyas says, "We are offering a line of soil-free smart garden hydroponics technology, which makes it possible for everyone to grow chemical free plants in their homes."

What is hydroponics?
Hydroponics is the technology of soilless farming by using water, nutrients, and a growing medium. This is one of the fastest growing agriculture technologies in the world. In the US, EU and Singapore, it has become part of the lifestyle, being popularised through portable home kits.

One of the advantages this system offers is water conservation. According to Vyas, unlike the traditional methods, where water is poured on the ground and seeps into the soil and only a small fraction of the water actually gets used by the plant, the hydroponics-enabled system allows for the unused water to be recycled back into the reservoir.

Another benefit of hydroponics is the amount of control a grower has over the environment. "Soil-related diseases are written off in hydroponics. You can control the amount of nutrients provided to your plant, thus reducing wastage," asserts Vyas.

Unique offerings
Currently, Agro2o's range of offerings includes, software and hardware integrated IoT solution which automates the complete process of growing plants. Billed as smart gardens, the IoT- enabled indoor green spaces uses light with the required spectrum for photosynthesis. Vyas claims that his firm's mission is to create solutions for 'better living', where every human has ample scope to access clean, affordable and nutritious food in concinnity with nature.

Agro2o founder
Agro2o, founder, Yash Vyas.

"Our first offering ‘Renaissance’, is a plug-and-play solution allowing anyone to grow fresh plants. Being an IoT-enabled product, it requires little human intervention on a daily basis. The microcontroller based system can judge and provide the level of light, water, and nutrients required creating an ideal growing condition for the plant," states the 30-year-old entrepreneur.

Agro2o's smart garden has oxygenated nutrient reservoir that enables the plants' roots to obtain the optimum level of oxygen. All one has to do is insert a nutrient cartridge depending on the plant to be grown. The smart garden is enabled with touchscreen and WiFi connectivity. It also sends out alerts to users whenever the water has to be topped up.

"Through our R&D on hydroponics in Indian conditions and with the help of Electropreneur Park, Delhi University and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), we have devised this technology that uses water and non- genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds in an automated system. It took us two years of plant science and electronics research and several iterations to develop the product," he recalls.

Founded in January 2018, the startup is incubated by the Ministry of Electronics and IT and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Branching out
Ever since the agritech startup showcased its product during the fourth edition of Lufthansa Startup Expo last September, it claims to have garnered a huge number of queries. "We have received more than 300 preorders in the last three months. By May/June 2020, we will expand into the GCC countries, and hope to sell about five lakh units in the next five years," adds Vyas, a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) graduate.

"I really liked the concept of Agro2o fully automated device which can help in growing plants with little human intervention. My mother loves gardening, but currently is not able to it for various reasons, so this device is perfect for her," says Priyadarsani Behera, a Bangalore-based program manager with a major ecommerce platform.

Asked about what makes his venture stand out, Vyas says, "Agro2o systems comes with and intelligent nutrient dose which is unavailable with other players." He claims that his solution has an innovative, patented product design which costs half the price, compared to global competitors. "Our device mitigates the impact of the power cut, which is prevalent in India," he adds.

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