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Low-cost Greenhouse Design for Sustainable Agricultural Production after COVID-19

Version 1 : Received: 22 March 2021 / Approved: 23 March 2021 / Online: 23 March 2021 (12:50:36 CET)

How to cite: Jumlongkul, A. Low-cost Greenhouse Design for Sustainable Agricultural Production after COVID-19. Preprints 2021, 2021030569 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0569.v1). Jumlongkul, A. Low-cost Greenhouse Design for Sustainable Agricultural Production after COVID-19. Preprints 2021, 2021030569 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0569.v1).

Abstract

This study aimed to focus on how to design a low-cost greenhouse for the cultivation of crops, to propose the cost-effectiveness analysis of small agribusiness, and to promote sustainable agricultural production during and after the COVID-19 crisis for helping grassroots and anyone who lost their job. This article is qualitative engineering research, studying of literature reviews of greenhouse farming concept and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, then, designing low-cost greenhouse model which was preliminarily adapted for hot climate countries. Three plants that were selected as representative plants of this model include sunflower, water spinach, and wheat. The greenhouse model, measuring 5 x 7 x 4 m (W x L x H), was designed for this mission. The total cost of one building is approximately 97,994 THB. For the worthiness of the investment, farmers should build at least three greenhouse buildings, which will return total income to farmers approximately 34,666.09 THB per month. The suggestion includes further knowledge and financial supports from the government sectors among farmers, then, boost them up using high-level technology and also planting high-price agribusiness production to promote the local economy to be strong and sustainable.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; greenhouse; MSMEs; renewable energy; solar energy

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