Hydroponics is a preferred method of growing many premium crops throughout the world.
Hydroponics offers significant savings in:
1. Labor 2.Water 3. Fertilizers 4. Disease control materials
Is an intensive form of agriculture that can fulfill the consumers demand for premium produce and provide the grower with a profitable business.
HYDROPONICS – Plants are grown in plastic channels. A thin solution made up of minerals and fresh oxygenated water is pumped to the high end of the channel. Gravity causes the solution to flow to the low end of the channel where it’s collected in a reservoir. The plant roots are in a channel where a thin film of nutrient solution passes, keeping them moist but not waterlogged. This film consists of the ideal blend of water, minerals and oxygen – the essential elements for thriving plant growth. An automatic controller keeps the system running in the optimum set points needed by the crops.
As a standard with our HYDROPONICS technology Controlled Greenhouse Environment enables you to grow premium quality produce while using minimum amounts of space, water and fertilizers.
- Energy saving.
- The crops are very clean and ready to deliver.
- The system is fully adaptable to any type of terrain.
- Product longer shelf life- as the crop can be delivered with roots intact and keeping premium freshness.
- Production can be easily adjusted to market requirements in terms of quantity and type.
- Reliable constant quality.
- No PHYTO residues in end product.
‘Standard Layout is the basic form of the technology. The layout is implemented by placing channels on aluminum growing tables at a specific distance according to the crops needs. the channels stays stationary for the length of the growing period. After harvesting the channels are moved to a cleaning machine before handling back to the tables for replanting.
‘Automatic Layout –is the advanced form of the technology in which a channel moving system is combined with the growing table. Seedlings are planted in the channels in a designated area while channels moves in specific intervals, controlled by a computer. the distance between the channels are increased according to the rate of the plant’s growth. The Crops are finally harvested in the designated packing workstation.
The grower can configure the system according to the variety of crops he would like to cultivate.
Main Advantages of the technology:
- Space saving- All the area of the greenhouse is used without the need of walkways.
- Less labor needed with better working conditions. 2 to 3 workers for one hectare.
- Short processing periods.
- Optimal control via automatization
- Very low spoilage percentage.
- Very high yield in shorter cycles. Plants are given just the space they need.
- Simplified growing procedures due to automatization saves a considerable amount of time.
“You can do more with your empty space square meters. If you have a meter of land you have a meter of land, but if you have a meter of empty space with four “floors”, you have four times the amount”.
“Finding empty space won’t be a problem. Every country is littered with thousands of abandoned stores or buildings”.
These few quotes represent some of the reasons why we have to shift our efforts to explore and develop the Indoor Farming.
The concept of indoor farming is not new. What is new is the urgent need to scale up this technology. An entirely new approach to indoor farming must be invented, employing cutting edge technologies. The Indoor Farm must be efficient (cheap to construct and safe to operate). Indoor farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world’s urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production). A side effect might be the repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.
Due to a rapidly changing climate, massive floods, protracted droughts, hurricanes, and severe monsoons take their toll each year, destroying millions of tons of valuable crops.
Don’t our harvestable plants deserve the same level of comfort and protection that we now enjoy? The time is at hand for us to learn how to safely grow our food inside environmentally controlled multistory buildings within urban centers.
Hydroponics growing method is the one we are using in Indoor Farming.
We are offering a complete hydroponics growing system for growing lettuces and herbs. The size of the growing tables and the number of growing levels is determined by the dimensions of the building.
On each level we can grow a different crop. One end of the system is the planting side and the second one is the harvesting side.
A controlled robotic elevator on each side serves for lifting and lowering the growing channels from the various levels for planting and harvesting purposes.
The growing system has a controlled recycled irrigation and fertilization system.
A controlled LED lighting system specially designed for the crops type will provide the radiation needed for photosynthesis.