LettUs Grow, a hydroponic grower and system supplier based in the UK, said the company is accelerating the construction of two new indoor areas on its plant workshops to grow fruits and vegetables for local food charities. In view of the current trend of slowing down the coronavirus epidemic, the company expects to complete one of the farming areas in April, and speed up the other area by June.
The original intention of LettUs Grow was to hope that anyone from all over the world could grow fresh agricultural products near the point of consumption. It coincided with the peak of the epidemic and caused the supply chain crisis. The company believes that it is time to speed up and provide assistance. Therefore, LettUs Grow uses LED lights and Ostara software to monitor and control indoor plant growth. The aquatic plant system uses a piece of cloth to support the plants, allowing the roots of the plants to hang in the fog to absorb nutrients. The company's hydroponic system can also use natural sunlight to maximize energy efficiency.
The Optoelectronics Association pointed out that LettUs Grow ’s modular hydroponic farm is a standardized growth area system with climate control. This module can be easily deployed in any underutilized indoor space. The complete set of vertical farming systems can be expanded with demand and can be used anywhere from the city to the desert. System features include a temperature-controlled growth chamber, automatic drainage, surface cleaning, no nozzles, food safety and UV resistance, as well as integrated LED plant lights.
LettUs Grow pointed out that since most of the farm ’s operations are automated, only one person is required to operate on site at any given time, which can reduce the burden on manpower. The food grown is also produced in a highly cared environment, and once put into operation, these farms will be able to provide a stable, predictable and climate-adjustable food supply to local communities throughout the year.
As the spread of the global coronavirus epidemic poses a challenge to the supply chain, vertical farms can help alleviate potential shortages, allowing some countries that rely on agricultural imports to ease pressure and fight the epidemic. (Source: CTIMES)