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Hydroponic farming in Zimbabwe – an untapped market.

NFT Hydro is exporting to Zimbabwe.

Hydroponics is a good method of growing food where arable land is scarce, since food can be grown much more densely using a fraction of the land that is required to grow crops traditionally on large expanses of farmland. Hydroponics also allows for the growth of food year round in any climate, which is much more challenging to do in more temperate climates using traditional farming methods outdoors.

Another great thing about our hydroponic systems is that they are scalable. Our NFT systems can be built as large commercial farming systems to supply food to local populations, but also could be used on a smaller scale for restaurants, grocery stores, daycare centers, and even in homes to produce food.

If you would like to know more, please contact us on info@nfthydro.co.za

http://nfthydro.co.za/contact-us/

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ZAMBIA has a vested interest in Hydroponics.

NFT Hydro & Haygrove Tunnels hosted the Zambian Consulate earlier this week at Haygrove Farm in Elgin. Zambia requested a site visit to learn more about our  business and growing Hydroponically in Greenhouses. Basil was tasted, coriander sampled, many questions asked and the view from Haygrove Farm was indulgently admired and photographed by our state visitors.

Lynn Gunning

++27 (0)83 737 8602 / info@nfthydro.co.za

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AgTech | the Green revolution in farming

Today, there are hundreds of agriculture tech startups around the world, and some experts say the situation reminds them of the early days of the internet: There’s a lot of activity in agriculture, but no clear winners yet – it’s hard to say who might become the Facebook or Amazon of the scene. Couple that with climate change pressures, the fact that two billion more people will live on this planet by 2050, and that just 40% of the world’s land is available to grow crops, and you have yourself a market ripe for innovation — and big money.

”The ag tech space right now is in a very unique position. You can’t ignore the fundamentals,” says vice president of Business Development at AgTech Accelerator Corp., Corey Huck. You have to produce a lot more crop on limited acres, and 70% of fresh water is already being used in agriculture. We have to do more with less at the end of the day and the only way you can do that is with technology.” 

Sources: Forbes | The 25 most Innovative AgTech startups

Innovate the way we GROW

 

 

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How to achieve profitable hydroponic production

Investment in equipment is the cornerstone of cutting down on labor costs 

Investment in the right equipment upfront is the foundation of achieving greater production efficiency & cutting down on labor costs. Our NFT profiles are specifically designed to achieve just that:

  • The length of our 3.65m NFT profile makes it practical to handle and move around with ease in a greenhouse.
  • The NFT Profiles rest unattached on top of a Aluminium table, so the grower is able to space the NFT profiles in accordance with the size of the foliage of the crops.
  • Our NFT profiles are manufactured with plant sites and can be customized in accordance with our customers requirements, which cuts down on labour time & wages when cheaper pipes are used that are not manufactured with plant sites. (Growers often underestimate how labor intensive drilling holes for the plantsites on a commerical scale can be on the cheaper pipe options.)
  • We recommend Oasis Grower Medium – it is placed directly in the plansite of the NFT Profile and rests on a unique ribbed bottom surface, seedlings are easily transferred into the NFT profiles adn as netpots are not required this further reduces labour costs.
  • Harvesting means simply lifting the profile off the Aluminium table, draining the water from the profiles and walking it to the harvesting bay or area.
  • Post harvesting, the profiles are taken to the wash-bay area in the greenhouse to sterilize before it goes back into the grow cycle, therefor reducing the risk of diseases and infestations significantly. (We are regularly called to Greenhouses where cheaper options have been used, where the NFT pipes are permanently glued into place and cannot be cleaned.)

Want know more?

Contact Lynn Gunning on lynn@nfthydro.co.za

 

 

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Thinking about importing affordable NFT Hydroponic equipment?

Located in South Africa, we manufacture and supply Hydroponic equipment and solutions for greenhouses, commercial and urban farmers.

We manufacture 90% of our products locally, making our NFT Hygro Grower systems ideal for importing from South Africa

For more information: http://nfthydro.co.za/home/international-exports/

 

 

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Future Harvest – who will GROW tomorrow’s food?

Global food demand is projected to skyrocket in the future, creating vast job opportunities in food production, transformation and marketing. But who will seize them? More specifically: who will grow tomorrow’s food?

The future of the farming profession is in jeopardy. In many parts of the world, farm workers are in their late 50s and ageing. Even in Africa where the rural population is younger, young people dream of ditching fieldwork for city jobs. With low access to land, finance and knowledge on the one hand, and the pull of urban lifestyles on the other, farming is indeed a hard sell for many young people.

Yet other trends give reason for optimism: in surveys, younger generations express a thirst for innovation, private entrepreneurship and meaningful work. Younger generations care much more about the quality, sustainability and provenance of the food they eat than their parents do. And many are drawn to technologies that have the potential to break new ground in food and agriculture. Among these agricultural innovations, we see a worldwide shift towards growing Hydroponically as a means of feeding an exploding world population, whilst contending with climate changes that brings water shortages.

The Future of Farming

Contact Lynn on info@nfthydro.co.za / ++27 (0) 83 737 8602

This one-hour event, moderated by international journalist Femi Oke, will give voice to people who are bucking the ageing farmer trend and bringing their commitment, business skills and new ideas to agriculture. Four speakers – in their 20s, 30s, and 40s – will share their challenges and breakthroughs – from supplying a small café in Kampala, Uganda with fresh greens, to investing in solar panels to lower the cost of poultry operations in rural Jamaica, understanding how to keep daughters on the family farm in Western Australia, and applying agroecology on a large scale to restore degraded soils and produce higher yields in the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil. The event will be livestreamed globally and integrate questions from online viewers.

Join me at the World Bank’s LIVE ONLINE EVENT: Future Harvest Oct 11 @ 9:30am ET

 

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NFT Hydro & Haygrove tunnels together we offer turn key solutions for our clients. Through our established partnerships & suppliers situated around the world, we are able to offer turnkey solutions to our clients. From small micro green setups to large commercial farms, we support a greener future.

Inquire now about our NFT systems

Contact Lynn@ NFT Hydro on 083 737 8602