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While on the one hand bamboo, a grass, is strong, versatile and a highly renewable material which grows quick and easy, it is a labour-intensive product and helps create jobs and income.  While most building materials are industry-produced, bamboo links agriculture to the construction sector.
- S.K. Pandey, retired forester, currently working as adviser to TERI andNMBA
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Thousand Petals Polyhouses Pvt. Ltd envisions affordable, superior quality and environment friendly polyhouses/Greenhouses to boost agricultural productivity.


Thousand Petals Polyhouses Pvt. Ltd is driven by innovation. It's conviction is to design simple and easy to build structures that generate significant social as well as environmental benefits. It would like to propogate its technology to all farmers.


Thousand Petals Polyhouses Pvt. Ltd was born out of the necessity to create affordable polyhouses for Indian farmers. Thousand Petals Polyhouses Pvt. Ltd came out with an innovative and patented design for the construction of polyhouses using a natural material like bamboo.

Bamboos when in contact with soil are damaged due to pests and moisture, making it unsuitable for long term use. Rajesh Edke, a software engineer by profession, solved this problem with his innovative design and came out with an ‘Edke Type Bamboo Polyhouse’.

The first prototype of an ‘Edke Type Bamboo Polyhouse’ was created in Rajesh’s backyard. Foundations were laid in the garage and the first structure stood there in the backyard. Rajesh kept researching on various aspects of the polyhouse: its foundations, its connection to the bamboo, the treatment of bamboos such that these become as strong and durable as steel and then finally the skeleton and the gutter and polythene fixing. One more prototype was built in 2001 which withstood the rains and wind elements so that a commercial project could be comfortably started.

The first commercial project was built in the small town of Talegaon in Maharashtra in April of 2005. Today after 10 years in 2015, these polyhouses are still functional, used by farmer for floriculture.

Till date, in significant projects, we have made 3600 polyhouses in state of Sikkim and 800 in Himachal Pradesh. This were done with the methodology of training local artisans and motivating them to handle micro projects.

Government of India Support

Thousand Petals Polyhouses Pvt. Ltd is one of the few private companies that is directly backed by Government of India through National Mission on Bamboo Application (NMBA) now NECTAR. NMBA is a government mission under Ministry of Science and Technology with goal to promote the use of bamboo for the benefit of the Indian economy

NMBA has validated the design of Edke Type Bamboo Polyhouse (ETBP)for wind resistance, structural soundness and pest attacks. The life of treated bamboos by NMBA method is a minimum of 10 years.

Edge over Competition

Thousand Petals Polyhouses Pvt. Ltd has come up with a eco-friendly hybrid technology that is going to change the way polyhouses are built.

Rajesh Edke, Director of the company has received patent from Govt. of India in 2008 and from Govt of China in 2010 for its unique and innovative design.

Need for Polyhouses

The production of any crop under a greenhouse/polyhouse is said to be 3-4 times more as compared to growing the same crop traditionally. This is due to the fact that there is more carbon dioxide trapped inside the polyhouse for the crops to perform more photosynthesis and hence grow more. As a result, the quality of the crop is also much better, fetching the farmer a higher price for his crop. Therefore to boost agriculture productivity affordable polyhouses are needed.

Cool Green Polyhouses

A natural and renewable resource like Bamboo is used for the construction of ‘Edke Type Bamboo Polyhouses’, making it an Environmentally Friendly and 'Climate Change Neutral' Polyhouses. For every 1 hectare of ‘Edke Type Bamboo Polyhouses’ upto 10,000 bamboos are used, displacing the need for approximately 50-100 tons of steel and generating rural income of about $5,000 for poor and marginal farmers. It additionally generates 10 direct jobs and 20 indirect jobs per hectare in rural area

The ‘Edke Type Bamboo Polyhouses’ are not only very Green but are also very cool. As Bamboos are bad conductors of heat, this means they don’t heat up easily in the summers. As a result the temperature inside the polyhouse does not increase proportionately, thus making these type of polyhouses cooler than steel based polyhouses. This also reduces the operating costs of the maintaining the temperature inside the greenhouse.