Projecttitel: Sustainable and Resource-Use Efficient Production of Ginger and Turmeric in a Greenhouse System in India
Budget: € 40.000
Projectleider: Kshiti Mishra
Kennisinstelling: Wageningen University & Research
The project has been initiated at the request of an Indian problem owner, Simply Fresh, and will be carried out in collaboration with Dutch Greenhouse Delta. We will explore the feasibility of cultivating the medicinal-value crops – ginger and turmeric – in various greenhouse settings in India, ranging from low- to mid- to high-tech. Greenhouse cultivation can give high quantitative and qualitative yield of pesticide-, fertiliser- and residue-free ginger and turmeric, suitable for local consumption as well as international exports, such as to European markets. Moreover, the improved water-use efficiency and controllable microclimate of greenhouses can build a resilient food production system in the face of climate-change-induced challenges like temperature and rainfall anomalies and impacted water availability.
Our consortium consists of Dutch companies with expertise on greenhouse design, innovative active and passive climate control strategies, biological pest-management approaches, renewable energy supply and rainwater-storage. Together with WUR expertise on horticultural cultivation of novel crops and adaptive greenhouse design, will look at possibilities of building sustainable greenhouses for ginger and turmeric cultivation that aim for maximum yield and minimal resource- and energy-use. We also aim to establish a business case for sustainable production of ginger and turmeric for diverse local problem owners in collaboration with Dutch companies, which could lead to follow-up investments beyond the Seed Money Project.
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