In a world facing ever-increasing challenges to feed its growing population while minimising its impact on the environment, innovation in agriculture has become paramount. Traditional farming methods serve us well, but they are not without limitations with increasing pressure sustainable farming practices, especially when it comes to producing a diverse range of vegetables in harsh climates. This is where Surova steps in, readapting farming technology for tomorrow, working based off past mistakes and creating solutions that work.
Vertical Farming's Limitations
Vertical farming, with its promise of year-round production in a controlled environment has captured the imagination of many. However, currently this approach is often limited when it comes to growing vegetables beyond leafy greens and berries. The culprit? High operational costs and intensive initial capital requirements make it suitable only for high value crops.
The High Costs of Vertical Farming
While vertical farming excels at producing crops like lettuce, spinach, herbs, and some medicinal plants, it encounters significant challenges when attempting to grow vegetables with longer growth cycles, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or even root vegetables. The reasons behind this limitation are multifaceted.
Energy Consumption: Vertical farms require substantial energy inputs to maintain controlled environments with artificial lighting, temperature, and humidity. These energy costs can quickly become prohibitive when scaling up to crops with longer growth cycles.
Space and Infrastructure: Growing larger vegetables often demands more space and specialised infrastructure, driving up both construction and operational expenses.
Labor Intensity: Managing crops can be labor-intensive, requiring more workers, further increasing operational costs.
Surova is breaking through these limitations. Our mission is to make local, quality, nutritious, and sustainable food products accessible to communities in countries with harsh climates and expensive operational costs.
Lowering Operational Costs
Surova creates linearised solutions to reduce operational costs significantly. By automating the operational process and making it easily adaptable to varied types of crops, we can grow vegetables with longer growth cycles in a cost-effective manner.
Expanding Crop Variety
One of Surova's key differentiators is our ability to grow a wider variety of vegetables, not only focusing on fast growing leafy greens, but also on crops with longer growth cycles. We achieve this by designing our systems to adapt to the specific needs of each crop, creating a more versatile and dynamic approach to controlled indoor farming.
The Path Forward
As we look to the future, Surova envisions a world where farming isn't constrained by climate, geography, or operational costs. By redefining farming for tomorrow, we aim to ensure that fresh, nutritious, and sustainable food is within reach of everyone, no matter where they call home.