At the recent aquaponics & smart greenhouse technologies conference, Prof.Gert Venter, a professional in the fields of Hydroponics and Greenhouse Technology (HGT) on a global scale, discussed the key reasons for greenhouse project failures.
1. Weak or non-existent Business Plan
2. Lack of expertise & training
3. Poor Management
4. Over capitalization
5. Lack of commitment
6. Insufficient Capital
7. No market research
8. Improper market and production timing
9. Poor pest and disease control
10. Other commitments
Reference: Prof. Gert Venter
Come and join us in Stellenbosch, where NFT Hydro will chair Day 1, of the Aquaponics & Greenhouse Smart Technology Conference & discuss Commercial Urban Farming & Greenhouse Equipment and Technologies.
This 2-day Symposium will delve on AgTech, Vermiculture, Aquaponics and Greenhouse Technologies. It will also look into the design and construction of Hydroponic Greenhouses.
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If you are a soil farmer, but can only farm outdoors during certain growing seasons, a container farm would allow growing 365 days, which would add additional income to your farm. A farmer, who adds a container, can avoid unexpected frosts, droughts, or even hurricanes. With a controlled environment, there would be a stable income. There is always some part of the farm that is unproductive, but with a container, that land can be used for additional farming.
A container allows for a wider product line throughout the year adding to the farm’s revenue and keeping employees that would normally be released during the offseason.
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There is a significant shift towards fresh produce, with every corporate retailer having “best in fresh” in its strategy. As a result, the demand for Hydroponic produce is ever increasing as it has a longer shelf-life, delicious in taste and chefs around the world are enthusiastically incorporating hydroponic greens into their menus.
For retailers going into Africa, the focus on local sourcing and supply is massive. This largely boils down to the efficiency and cost of it, but also the part it plays in forging relationships with the regional government and local businesses.
NFT Hydro is now able to connect our clients, that grow on our NFT Systems to the purveyors of fresh produce in Africa & South Africa.
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With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually Namibia is one of the sunniest countries in worldwide. It is therefore understandable that people of Namibia are turning towards Hydroponics to provide fresh produce in a country that this is very hard to obtain.
Only growing her 2nd crop, (see photo) but our young grower Larissa is making steady strides in bringing fresh produce to the heart of Namibia.
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As container growing become more popular, we look at the advantages & disadvantages of container farms:
The biggest advantages of container farms are:
- They’re modular and easy to ship.
- They’re compact and self-contained.
- Used containers are cheap and available.
- Prices will continue to be driven down as competition increases.
The biggest disadvantages of container growing:
- Environmental controls or lack thereof
- Structural integrity
- Antagonism between light, layout, and heat
- People and workflow issues (ergonomics)
- Misbalanced operational expense
- Low comparative output
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As climate change begins to pose new challenges for conventional outdoor food production methods, hydroponic farming is fast gaining popularity in Africa & South Africa. One of the most important advantages of Hydroponic culture inside the Greenhouse is the possibility to save water with the irrigation system. Up to 90% of water is saved in comparison with crops grown in soil.
Inside the Hydroponic Greenhouse, the irrigation system called “closed loop” represents considerable advantages for growers both in economic and environmental terms. The excess water that is not absorbed by the plants is simply recirculated, so there is no unnecessary waste.
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Any edible plant, can be used but the following is some of the most commonly used for growing microgreens
- Arugula / Rocket
Microgreens add beautiful color and great flavor to salads and are an excellent garnish for meats and other dishes.
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Despite their relatively small size, urban farms grow a surprising amount of food, with yields that often surpass those of their rural cousins. This is possible for a couple reasons. Hydroponic plant cultivation is widely considered more sustainable than regular farming as it uses around 90% less water. Secondly, hydroponic farming yields more vegetables and herbs in a shorter time. Growers are able to plant more densely, thereby increasing the yield substantially.
Many of our clients grow microgreens in the city, the calculated yield potential per microgreens profile of 1.825m x 100mm is 225gr for the small leaf to 1395gr for large leaf microgreens, within 5 – 8 days.
Scaling up on your microgreens hydroponic system is easy – simply add more profiles to increase your yield.
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