Infarm shows potential of indoor-grown wheat

22-11 | |
Production of Infarm's indoor-grown wheat is independent of external climatic conditions and is thus climate resilient. - Photo: Infarm
Production of Infarm's indoor-grown wheat is independent of external climatic conditions and is thus climate resilient. - Photo: Infarm

Infarm has successfully produced wheat in an indoor farm. First trials allowed a projection of 11.7 kg indoor-grown wheat per m2 yield per year.

Further projected at scale, this is the equivalent of 117 tonnes indoor-grown wheat per hectare per year – 26 times that of open-field farming yields, Infarm claims. The company says it produced wheat in an indoor farm, using no soil, no chemical pesticides and much less water compared to open field farming.

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Guy Galonska, CTO and co-founder of Infarm: ”To continue to feed the world’s growing population, we need to achieve higher crop yields which we have now proven to be possible for wheat through indoor, controlled environment agriculture.”

Galonska said Infarm’s results are “significant when compared to the average yield of outdoor wheat production, which is about 4.5 tonnes per hectare per year and heavily dependent on weather and seasons.”

Indoor-grown wheat yield to be increased by 50%

The company is confident that wheat can be grown successfully at scale indoors as a climate-resilient alternative. “Our record yield could potentially be increased by a further 50% in the coming years using a combination of improved genetics, hardware, and optimised growth environments,” Galonska said.

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