“We are investigating various solutions for indoor farming to grow plants sustainably, such as in a container or a greenhouse. One of the highlights is a modular container farm, which is suitable for the international market in places with climatic conditions. difficult or locations where there is a special growth environment, which is a gap in the market because we offer an affordable product,” says Sariya Saengcharoenwanakul of Vana.
Vana is an agritech company in Bangkok, Thailand that specializes in software engineering. Together with experts, they work together with local and international technology partners to provide quality and reliable solutions for indoor farming. With the container model, the company focuses on cultivation companies, restaurants and other businesses, because it allows different plants to be grown in a completely closed and controlled environment. It can also be used for R&D.
“Our system is modular and easy to install. So when a grower has experienced the benefits of the container farm and wants to expand it, we can easily scale it up.”
Sariya says that many clients interested in vertical farming approach them. Currently, the company focuses mainly on the international market for the container model. “Some countries have to deal with difficult weather conditions or have limited space, so the container model is more suitable for those growers than here in Thailand.”
“Most of the customers here are interested in greenhouse models with vertical growing technology, as they are more affordable and better suited to the environment. We are convinced that good vertical growing technology is a better way to grow crops.” plants and increase yields in the same space. than horizontal”. It has led to the collaboration between Vana and the Swedish partner GrowPipes, for a more effective solution for indoor farming.
The Vana 40ft container works with water culture and an NFT system. “The water system pumps the water and nutrients, which are automatically determined from the dispenser, up and then back down through the pipes, providing all the plants with the proper nutrients and water,” he explains.
A closed water system saves 90% of the amount of water needed compared to traditional outdoor growing methods. The container can hold up to 2,160 sunflower seeds and grow a variety of plants, including leafy greens, mini greens, herbs, and some edible flowers.
“With one container, a grower can achieve a yield of 324 kg of lettuce in the first round. Growers can achieve one cycle per month, which means they can produce around 4,000 kg of lettuce per year.”
The company also has a branch in downtown Bangkok, where it grows various plants, including oak leaf lettuce, arugula, kale, and microgreens, and tests cultivation recipes. “We are testing different crops, not only those suggested by our team, but also those from customers.”
“In Thailand, for example, there is a lot of interest in high-quality lettuce and microgreens, as customers don’t really have access to them. That’s why we’re looking into the possibilities here.” Sariya says Vana has the ability to grow a variety of lettuce and leafy greens and supply them to B2B markets such as the hospitality industry.
Additionally, Vana is also working on a concept for a restaurant store. “In addition to our branch in downtown Bangkok, we have a restaurant called 37. In that restaurant, customers can enjoy our own salads and see the cultivation technologies. The restaurant will open in the third quarter of this year and we are very interested.” how this opportunity will turn out.”
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Sariya Saengcharoenwanakul, Business Development Executive