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What is a PLANT FACTORY?

A Plant Factory is a Multi-Level Indoor Farm that utilizes technology to control all the inputs and variables required to continuously produce high quality, hyper-local, nutritionally dense, fresh food products in any location including those with climate challenges or difficult environmental conditions.

Plant Factories are necessary;

  • To provide fresh, healthy food for all,
  • To meet the growing demand for hyper-local food production,
  • Where climate conditions are challenging or impossible for agriculture production,
  • to capitalize on low energy costs, create jobs and provide protection from price fluctuations.

A Plant Factory is a very promising and sustainable solution in urban areas with increasing populations.

The major difference between high-tech greenhouses and vertical farms is the vertical footprint that requires less land, production in a clean room hyper hygienic environment and utilizes today’s controlled environment systems that do not require rain, sunlight or soil to grow fresh food products.

All of a plant’s requirements and nature’s variables can be controlled in plant factories: including hygiene, light intensity and wavelength, water quality, climate control,  wind, humidity and plant nutrition etc. Since all the production factors in a vertical farm are manageable, you can grow year- round in a consistent, dependable, safe and clean manner.

ADVANTAGES OF PLANT FACTORIES;

  • Reduces land requirements by producing vertically in a multi-level environment,
  • Up to 95% water saving, uses energy efficient LED lighting.
  • Pesticide-free, residue-free products
  • Does not pollute the environment
  • It does not harm natural life
  • The opportunity to grow products in all seasons regardless of the weather conditions.
  • Highly productive, continuous and consistent quality product in each harvest. Longer shelf life, less shrinkage, increased inventory control,
  • Earlier harvest time and increased production all year round
  • Provides products with maximum freshness and nutritional value to the cities by reducing food miles.
  • It helps to reduce the carbon footprint by minimizing transportation etc. needs.

WHAT IS GROWN IN PLANT FACTORIES

Although almost all plants can be grown theoretically; Practically and economically it is recommended to start with the following plants.

  • Green leafy plants including the most popular products, such as;
  • Spinach,
  • Lettuce,
  • Arugula,
  • Basil,
  • Parsley,
  • Kale
    All similar herbaceous shallow root, fast growing plants
    Medicinal, aromatic, essential plants, Herbs and Spices
  • Edible flowers
  • Micro-greens
  • Sprouts and seedlings, including young plants for growers.

In addition, R&D studies of other products such as strawberries and mushrooms are in process.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE INVESTMENT

A Plant Factory investment is not for everyone. Therefore, detailed preliminary research should be done.

This pre-investment analysis, which may cost a little more than a modern greenhouse investment, will answer the following issues related to crop selection and the market that you intend to operate in and will enable you to have a better understanding of the long term benefits of your potential investment.


The product you choose will directly affect the design and cost of your system.

Season and off-season price fluctuations of the product you choose will affect your profitability and production planning.

Energy prices will determine a substantial portion of your production costs.

The minimum wage will assist in making basic calculations in determining labor costs.

If available, the current plant sketch or the plan or sketches of the existing land and the capacity of the product intended to be produced will constitute the basis for making the relevant designs and calculations.

Investments without a realistic budget and business plan are not recommended.

It is important in terms of related legislation, potential incentives and compliance with local laws.

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