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Delbros unit launches vertical farm in Navotas

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REUTERS

A UNIT of logistics and agriculture firm Delgado Brothers (Delbros) Group has launched a vertical farm in Navotas City, its tallest such project.

Good Greens & Co. (GGC) said it launched the 300 square-meter farm Saturday. It was built in partnership with the Navotas city government and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), and is known as the GGC-BSP Navotas Farm.

The four-story aeroponic farm promises yields of up to double those of the company’s other farms.

Aeroponics does not use soil and instead grows plants in an airy and misty environment with regulated applications of farm inputs.

GGC said the new vertical farm is optimized for tropical conditions and can support vegetable growing all year round, with target output of eight tons of vegetables annually.

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GGC President Simon Villalon said the vertical farm provides an opportunity to increase the supply of accessible and affordable vegetables.

“The aim is to produce high-volume harvests that are centrally located in the community,” Mr. Villalon said.

GGC tested its first vertical farm in Taguig and operates other farms in Pampanga, Bacolod, and Parañaque.

The company said it plans to build more vertical farms but provided no details.

Delbros plans to distribute hydroponic equipment as part of a grant to selected schools in Metro Manila.

Hydroponics involves crops grown in nutrient-rich water.

GGC is the vertical farming solutions unit of Delbros Group, which has business interests in real estate, technology, manufacturing, and leasing. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

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