“A container gives 324 kg of lettuce in the first cycle”

“We are exploring various solutions for indoor agriculture to grow plants in a sustainable way, 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 difficult weather conditions or locations. special growth environment, which is a gap in the market because we offer an affordable product, “says Sariya Saengcharoenwanakul from Vana.

Vana is an agritech company in Bangkok, Thailand specializing in software development. Together with experts, they work with local and international technology partners to deliver quality and reliable solutions for indoor agriculture. With the container model, the company focuses on cultivation companies, restaurants and other companies because it provides the opportunity to grow different plants in a completely closed and controlled environment. It can also be used for R&D.

Sariya Saengcharoenwanakul

“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.”

International access
Sariya says they are contacted by many customers who are interested in vertical farming. At present, the company focuses mainly on the international market for the container model. “Some countries have to deal with difficult weather conditions, or they have limited space, so the container model is more suitable for the growers than here in Thailand.”

“Most of the customers here are interested in greenhouse models with vertical cultivation technology, as they are more affordable and better suited to the environment. We are convinced that good vertical cultivation technology is a better way to grow plants and increase yields in the same place than horizontally. . ” This has led to the collaboration between Vana and the Swedish partner GrowPipes, on a more efficient solution for indoor agriculture.

The Vana 40ft container works with cultivation on water and an NFT system. “The water system pumps the water and nutrients, which are automatically determined from the dosing device, upwards, and then runs back down through the pipes, supplying all the plants with sufficient nutrients and water,” she explains.

An enclosed water system saves 90% on the required amount of water compared to traditional outdoor cultivation methods. The container can hold up to 2160 tubes and grow a variety of plants, such as 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 place. The growers can achieve one cycle per month, which means they can produce around 4000 kg of lettuce per year.”

Production planning

Test facility
The company also has a branch in central Bangkok where they grow various plants such as oak lettuce, arugula, kale and micro green and test cultivation recipes. “We test different crops, not only those suggested by our team, but also crops from customers.”

“In Thailand, for example, there is a lot of interest in high-quality salads and micro-vegetables, as customers do not actually have access to them. That’s why we are exploring the possibilities here.” Sariya says Vana has the ability to grow a variety of salads and green leaves and supply them to B2B markets, such as the hospitality industry.

In addition, Vana is also working on a concept for a restaurant store. “In addition to our branch in the center of Bangkok, we have a restaurant called 37. In that restaurant, customers can enjoy our own salads and see the cultivation technologies. The restaurant opens in the third quarter of this year and we are very much, I wonder how. this opportunity will prove itself. “

For more information:
Sariya Saengcharoenwanakul, Business Development Manager

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