Our Solutions

dryGrow plants healthy cactus in semi-arid regions to help communities grow food for their animals, to increase wellbeing and livelihood. We carefully choose the right cactus varieties for the proposed area, bring our knowledge and enthusiasm to engage with farmers and families. Our main cactus varieties are Opuntia ficus-indica and Nopales.

Micropropagation

We ship micropropagated cactus plants without soil in the quantities required. The efficient way to rapidly grow Opuntia ficus-indica and Nopales in large quantities within realistic costs is through micropropagation*. Through micropropagation we ensure that the plants we provide are of a known variety and disease and pest-free.

Our methods…

  • Ensures that the plants are free of disease and insect infestations
  • Provide reliable information about the variety
  • Increase harvest yields

To reduce cost, there is also a possibility to multiply cactus locally in a simple greenhouse environment and transport it to surrounding villages. This enables the local community to learn how to grow pest-free cactus themselves and to become self-sustaining.

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* Micropropagation is the practice of rapidly multiplying stock plant material to produce a large number of progeny plants, using modern plant tissue culture methods.

 

Knowledge transfer

The Opuntia ficus-indica and Nopales are both very drought resistant, however, the management techniques we have chosen can have a significant impact on the yield and outcome. Through our know-how of sustainable methods, farmers can maximize productivity.

dryGrow can guide farmers in intensive plantation methods, water management, variety suitability, cutting methods and soil management.

 

Harvesting machine prototype

Our agricultural team is working together with the agricultural technical experts of Catania University to develop a harvesting machine prototype for harvesting cactus.

In current practices around the world, the harvesting of the cactus plants follows a similar pattern. After the cactus is cut, it is lifted by hand onto a trolley. The cactus is 90% water, therefore, lifting the harvest by hand is exceptionally heavy labour (one cow consumes between 40-100kg per day).

We want to transform the current practice into efficient harvesting through two paths: one way is with a harvest collector machine, and the other is a cutter and collector. We have recently developed innovative techniques for manual and mobile harvesting machines that do not damage the roots of the cactus, in contrast to existing solutions.

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