A vertical system of urban agriculture is now becoming very popular across the world. With land availability a problem vertical farming allows you to produce organic super food at your home in a city.
Many companies are using this technique. But we have noticed that their products are very costly making is unviable for consumers across all spectrums to enjoy the benefit of chemical free organic food.
Also most farms are focused on vegetable production where as TONA has created a model for both vegetable and meat cultivation.
The secret to making the products from urban vertical farming lies in nature. Remove the costly LED lights, posh looking buildings, expensive adverts and see how much it positively impacts in cost reduction.
Good plantation practice only needs proper air, heat, light and water with nutrition. Any media(soil, sand, water, even air) which can hold water with nutrition, can grow plants correctly. Day-to-day family waste can be the feed for chicken or turkey or quail. Their waste is a good source of fish. Fish waste is converted to plant nutrient by some bacterias like nitrosococus, nitrosomonus and bioreactor.
TONA is helping many individuals and companies take up this sustainable GHG free vertical farming practice.
- Sonali Sengupta
Water Hyacinth is an invasive plant that farmers hate. Atleast that's the modern belief. We challenged this belief and wanted to use this pest as an ingredient in the organic cycle.
Tona, our organic farm, is producing animal feed from Water Hyacinth or Kochuripana, otherwise a plant known for its invasive 'pesky' tendency through its innovative farming practice. The rooftop gardening of this zero-priced zero-maintenance plant also is a natural cooling agent...keeping our units and room cool.... This also helps in Tona's zero waste production model since normally these plants are removed and they rot producing waste... harmful Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)... The nitrate content in this plant is actually what our cows love when mixed with other fodder.
Tona believes Organic Food should be Affordable and not marked up as they are done now so that it's not only the uber elite who can afford it... Tona is now looking for funding to grow this model to a large scale and enter the market big time and affect more poor/tribal/under-developed villages by developing such replicas across India and maybe other poorer nations.
- Udaybhanu Roy
There is a lot of debate on the utility of cow in India. Apart from being a farming aid and source of milk there are many other utilities of a cow. While cow dung is an organic cooking fuel its urine does have far reaching results when used properly.
Udaybhanu Roy is the MD and chief innovator of Bio-diverse Farming Pvt. Ltd. Over the last 20 years, he has been working extensively in merging modern organic-argo science with age old farming knowledge ingrained int he Indian civilisation. His research has yielded an innovative confluence of age-old farming methods being revived and amalgamated with modern day sustainable agro-farming.
Dr. Sonai Sengupta is the chief scientist of Bio-diverse Farming Pvt. Ltd. Over the last 20 years, she has been working in blending age-old epistemological knowledge with bio-science. Her contribution has led to the innovative TONA methodology of farming.