We use sustainable and regenerative agricultural techniques to improve farm productivity, minimize carbon footprints, protect smallholder and marginal farmers’ interests, and deliver 100% natural and safe products.
We don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemical inputs in our farms. At QuantoAgro, we use natural processes and environmentally friendly practices like compost, organic inputs, and intercropping to improve farm yields. We use our farm waste for vermicomposting thereby practicing circular economy.
At QuantoAgro, we cultivate a number of perennial grasses like lemongrass. That are not only provide value-added specialty ingredients but also help restore soil fertility. These crops help in bringing back the microbial life beneath the soil and fixing the macro and micro nutrient profile.
By embracing this holistic approach, we are able to not only improve our farm yields but also make the land more fertile and productive for farming of other crops in future.
We currently have 750 acres of land under cultivation which includes Lemongrass, Citronella, Palmarosa, and Jamarosa crops. And we are aggressively expanding our farming operations to 3000 acres in the next 18 months.
Perennial grasses like lemongrass, having a crop cycle of 7 years, provide significantly higher levels of carbon sequestration. For the period of seven years, there is absolutely no tillage and disturbance of the top layer of the soil. This results in much higher levels of carbon sequestration compared to traditional crops.
We are actively working to quantify the amount of carbon sequestration by using real time satellite imagery data and a combination of AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning), and DL (Deep Learning) technologies.
Typically, we expect to generate 4-5 carbon credits/acre/year in our farms.
Perennial grasses like lemongrass can grow in marginal land and some of the wastelands which are not suitable for cultivation of foodgrains, fresh produce, etc. These crops overtime restore the soil fertility and make it suitable for farming other agricultural produce.
Over the past couple of years, we have transformed more than 70 acres of hilly land not suitable for farming into lush green lemongrass farmlands in Maharashtra. And aim to further increase this to more than 500 acres in the next couple of years.
We understand the value of water, especially when more than half of the world is suffering from water scarcity. Rainwater harvesting helps restore the ground water by collection and storage of rain, rather than allowing it to run off.
We have built rainwater harvesting ponds in many of our farms which helps serve as a cheap and reliable source of clean water for farming during dry spells and improves farm productivity.
Rainwater harvesting also to improve soil health by reducing the amount of runoff and promoting infiltration, which can help to recharge groundwater level and prevent soil erosion.
We closely monitor, collect and analyze resource consumption and farm productivity at the farm level. This helps us understand practices that either help reduce resource consumption and/or increase yields in a particular farm. After successful validation of these techniques, we deploy them in other suitable farms such that we continuously improve the overall agricultural operations.
We plan to move towards a semi-automated system in the next 12-18 months which will help us with this initiative as we expand our farming operations multifold.
We conduct periodic and comprehensive soil sampling to assess soil health. Our soil analysis includes the examination of organic carbon, macro and micro nutrients, pH, salinity, moisture, soil texture and structure, etc.
This not only helps us in understanding the relationship between soil health and farm productivity but also tells us over time how the soil fertility changes due to cultivation of perennial grasses.