Conventional Problems, Unconventional Solutions: Birth of Triton Foodworks
03 January, 2019 By: Sheetal Dhamecha
The conventional problems associated with agriculture can be solved through unconventional means, the belief was turned into reality by the young entrepreneurs in Delhi. Deepak Kukreja, Dhruv Khanna, Ullas Samrat, and Devanshu Shivnani, the friends who wanted to do something that was economical and ecological gave birth to Triton Foodworks.
What an idea! But how this idea?
Back in 2014, Ullas was keen on developing a farm in Mohali as a defense mechanism for his mother diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease. The doctors however advised that the life on farmhouse shall cause more harm than good due to dust and various issues linked to farming. He was then determined to find ways to make a clean farm for his mother. Dhruv, then based in Singapore did a lot of field research there and the two of them zeroed in on Hydroponics. They later collaborated with Deepak and Deevanshu to look after tech and finances.
Started as an experiment in the urban landscape, Triton Foodworks works on clean, accountable and reliable farming methods. The founders define a new generation of farmers, farmers who live in apartments, hang out in bars, and are social media addicts but also care deeply for the environment.
Say Hello to Hydroponics and Aeroponics
Hydroponics is the science of growing plants without soil. Nutrients are supplied to the plant through the water. In the present scenario of depleting water resources, hydroponics has an advantage over traditional farming. It consumes around 90 per cent less water, in turn, prevents topsoil erosion, requires no pesticides, and provides a better yield. Along with hydroponics, Triton uses aeroponics, a method of growing plants without a growing medium. The roots are suspended in air and nutrients are given through fine mist.
Both techniques are win-win methods, sustainable and profitable methods of food production.
Triton Foodworks now operates around 150,000 ft. of greenhouses in India and has managed to produce more than 700 tonnes of vegetables and fruits on their hydroponic farms. Be it bell peppers or strawberries, tomatoes or mint, they offer it right.