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Hydroponic Farming Trends

From time to time we talk about the growing trend of people growing their own vegetables and food. Taking things into their own hands in order to save on increasing food costs, and also understanding where their food comes from if they grow it themselves. We’ve been starting to notice more and more government agencies around the world instituting systems for hydroponics growing to help with growing foot shortages amongst other things. Today we want to share with you an article and video about this taking place in the Philippines. It clearly shows us that smaller countries are starting to go this way that eventually many more will follow suit seeking ways to maximize their food production per square foot of space. Enjoy!



Hydroponic Farming in the Philippines Maximizes Yield At a Minimum Cost

Ben Gruber, Reuters.

In the Manila suburb of Twinville, the local vegetable market is bustling. On sale today: hydroponic lettuce. One of several vegetables locally grown using a new and inexpensive system developed by researchers at the University of the Philippines.

Hydroponics is a growing method that uses dissolved nutrient solutions in water without soil for plant absorption. The researchers say they started experimenting with hydroponic systems because they require much less space than traditional farming – making it ideal for poorer farmers with little land.

The university’s Eureka Ocampo says their system is extremely user-friendy. “It’s actually formulated in such a manner that the farmer or anybody who wants to try hydroponics does not have to watch out if there are any sudden changes in the PH that would cause a decrease in the plant growth.” explains Eureka Ocampo.

Researcher Primitivo Santos says that skyrocketing food prices, have made locally grown crops increasingly popular. He says that by using their hydroponic technology, small farmers can grow food even in dry spells. “If time will come when there’s severe water shortage, at least we have a system where we can plant and grow crops with little water.” says University of the Philippines Envirnmental researcher Primitivo Santaos.

In Twinville, the hydroponics programme has been so successful that the community makes a profit selling surplus crops. Homeowner Association President, Sunny Padaguan, says aside from the money, the systems has other benefits. “Aside from not using insecticides, we are sure that the vegetables do not have salmonella, amoeba and heavy metals. That is the big difference between a lettuce grown on the ground and lettuce grown using our system, the hydroponics.” Explains Twinville Subvision Homeowners Association president Sunny Paguduan.

The Philippines government has taken notice of Twinvilles’ success. They plan to begin similar hydroponic programmes in other parts of the country soon.

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  • Stephen Wadding

    Hydroponic farming is now trending all over the world. It has become a successful farming technique. People are successively using hydroponic equipments for indoor growing plants, gardening and farming.

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