Benefits of Hydroponics?

All you need to know about Hydroponics

There are many advantages to a hydroponic vegetable garden. They can help solve problems without excessive use of space or water, are known to produce vegetables with high nutrient content, and produce vegetables faster than traditional growing methods. It seems all but certain that this method of agriculture will become a primary source of fruits and vegetables in the future.

The basic concept of a hydroponic farm is that water is substituted for soil. Solutions are then added to the water to provide easily accessed nutrients for a healthy yield. The nutrients added to the water may include phosphorus, nitrogen, calcium, potassium, and many more, depending on the plants being grown.

Why Hydroponic is the future of farming?

BENEFITS OF HYDROPONICS

Maximizes Space

Hydroponics requires far less space than plants grown in soil. Depending on the system, when hydroponics are combined with vertical farming techniques, they can use up to 99 percent fewer lands than typical farming techniques.
One reason for the smaller footprint of hydroponic plants is that the roots do not have to spread out to search for nutrients and moisture. Water and nutrients are delivered to the roots directly, either intermittently or constantly, depending on the hydroponic technique being employed.

This means that each plant’s root system can take up far less space, resulting in the ability to grow more plants in a smaller space.When you add in vertical stacking methods, it’s easy to see how a much smaller area is needed to produce a hydroponic garden than a traditional one.

Conserves Water

It may seem counterintuitive, but growing plants in water actually use less water than growing the same plants in soil. In fact, hydroponic plants can grow with up to 98 percent less water than traditional growing methods.
Why is this important? According to a 2019 report from the World Health Organization, only 71 percent of the world’s population has a safely-managed water drinking service. By 2025, half of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas.

Conserving water is likely to become more and more crucial as time goes on, making irrigation for agriculture more difficult and less profitable.
Of the water taken in through a plant’s roots, only about 0.1 percent of the water taken in is actually used by the plant itself. Most are then released into the air through evapotranspiration. Hydroponics systems make use of recirculated water, allowing plants to absorb what they need, then return the rest to the system.
As global food production continues to increase year over year, it’s consuming more water than ever before. It’s estimated that it takes about 3 gallons of water to produce a single cup of lettuce through traditional methods. 2.7 ounces serving of broccoli takes about 11 gallons of water to produce. And for every 4.3 ounces of tomatoes you consume, 8 gallons of water have been used in the growing process. It seems that if we want to be serious about conserving water, hydroponics is an important part of the process.

Facilitates Micro-Climate

Hydroponic gardens can be easily contained within a hydroponic greenhouse or other structure. This means they can have their own micro-climates, insulated from many of the difficulties that traditional farmers must work to address. They aren’t left to the mercy of pests and don’t need to be treated with a wide range of insecticides. In temperature-controlled facilities, plants can be grown year-round, regardless of the climate or weather outside. And with artificial grow lights, even the amount of sun available isn’t a problem.

Produces Higher Yields

Creating ideal conditions ensures plants receive the perfect amount of nutrients, which come in direct contact with roots. Additionally, microclimates allow for year-round growth and faster crop cycles. All of this adds up to create far higher yields than traditional farming methods. In fact, we’ve found that our hydroponic greenhouses can produce about 240 times the yield of other farming practices.

Require Less Labor

Without the need for tilling, weeding, herbicide and insecticide application, and other labor-intensive farm jobs, hydroponics offers a lighter load for laborers and can easily be managed with far fewer man-hours. This both cuts back on the cost of producing crops, and frees up time for other pursuits. In fact, a small hydroponic greenhouse can be entirely managed by a single part-time worker.

Needs No Soil

The world is quickly losing workable soil. It’s estimated that half of the world’s topsoil has been lost in the past 150 years. This is due to erosion, compaction, loss of soil structure, nutrient degradation, and salinity. What does this mean for agriculture? We have a growing number of mouths to feed and a shrinking amount of soil to plant.

Additionally, there is a wide variation in soil quality from one location to the next, and many plants have strong preferences for a particular soil type. This means traditional farmers can only grow crops suited to the soil in their areas. In large parts of the world, few crops can be grown using traditional methods. With hydroponic gardens, the soil is not a concern so farmers can grow whatever crops would be most beneficial to their community without concern for soil degradation.

Produces Higher Quality Food

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, fresher is unmistakably better. Few people happen to live in an area where they can get fresh produce year-round due to climate and soil conditions. So how do we get high-quality food into the hands of the majority of the world’s population, even in the offseason?

With traditional farming, the answer has been to pick the produce before it’s ripe and then let it ripen in warehouses and along the supply chain. At times, ethylene gas is used to artificially ripen food that has been picked too early. This is necessary if traditionally farmed crops are going to reach consumers in far off places.
Food that ripens naturally, on the plant, typically has more nutrients and better taste too. Because hydroponic gardens contain their own microbiomes, these crops can be grown just about anywhere. This means they can be picked at the peak of ripeness since they don’t have far to go before they reach the homes and restaurants where they’ll be enjoyed.

Reduces Supply Chain

Of course, there are more benefits to growing produce locally than the ripening process and its benefits. At traditional commercial growing operations, lots of water and energy is used to grow crops and maximize outputs. Then crops are harvested using even more energy. They’re transported long distances on fuel-burning refrigerated trucks or trains to their supermarket destinations.

Finally, they’re often preserved using chemicals that increase the product’s shelf-life.
Of course, with hydroponics, a great deal of this energy use can be cut out. Hydroponic greenhouses can be erected in neighborhoods where traditional farms could never thrive. This means they can fulfill the needs of their local communities without wasteful transport and questionable preservation processes. This simplification of the food chain means high-quality produce can be grown locally, even in urban areas, then distributed to the community with less waste and greater freshness.

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Custom System and Consulting

Our Each project is tailored made for customer as per his requirement with best industry practices. We specialize in recirculating, sustainable hydroponic turnkey projects.

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We are the only company in India who provides hydroponics and polyhouse structure all together . No third party is involved for structure part. Which ensure all quality work with on time project completion and unmatched service support.

THIRD GENERATION NFT CHANNEL

Compared with round pipe and square pipe, we only need much less water to the vegetables. What's more, water will only flow in Centre part with our channel, while it may go sides with flat bottom channel from other suppliers.

Slope Adjuster table

Uniform slope of the NFT channels is very important in hydroponics as with uniform slope all plants get similar nutrient flow in the roots.
Agriplast tables can be adjusted by simply moving a nobe attached to the tables each column.

Completely Food Grade

Right from NFT channels, Nutrient supply & drain pipe and head unit's fittings are made of uPVC material which is food Grade, heavy metal free.

In house Experts

Agriplast has Inhouse Designers , Structural, Electrical and software engineers and Agronomist with collective 50+ year of experience to ensure the best project execution and unmatched service support to our clients.

BEST AUTOMATION

We provide best automation system in the industry to our all-hydroponics project.
Our automation system monitor and control all important parameters of the hydroponics set up. Using the IOT technology complete system can be accessed via Computer , tablet or smartphone.
We are the channel partner with Industry auto grow New Zealand for hydroponics set up automation System.

EBB & FLOW NURSERY

Agriplast uses ebb and flow technology for the nursery of the plants. Ebb and flow gives best results as each net pot get same uniform water and nutrient.
After certain weeks Net pot directly can be shifted from Ebb and Flow to NFT system and ready for next lot.
Ebb and flow has separate circulation pumps and tank than NFT system which makes nutrient management easy and efficient.

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Agriplast has Inhouse subject experts in all the aspects of Greenhouse and Hydroponics who leads our project team in PAN India and more than 15 countries.

Agriplast give complete training of hydroponics onsite to each of its project which ensure that every ground staff get the understanding of complete system.

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