Conventional farming is an age-old concept that we all are aware of. But with the advent of technology and dispersal of knowledge, newer ideas and methods have developed over these years. Hydroponics is one such method.

For example, increased dependency on synthetic fertilizers made many to move over to organic farming. This first of whiff of this movement was experienced in the 1930s but it gathered momentum and witnessed major influx towards the end of the nineteenth century.

It is in similar fashion that there occurred another swing towards another non-conventional method of farming, which was a result of many contributing factors such as issues with soil potency, water shortage, availability of nutrients and the most important yet unconditioned factor of natural conditions. Thus came about ‘Hydroponics’ – a science that utilises a conditioned environment for growing plants and agricultural produce in a soilless environment.

It began as a hobby for him, but today Nitin Kamath, who lives in Navi Mumbai for the last xx years, recommends Hydroponics as a worthy alternate to conventional farming. Kamath shares his knowledge of this method with Bharat4india at his apartment, not verbally but by displaying its practical application.

Here’s a list of advantages of growing plants hydroponically:

·         Hydroponically produced crops are healthy and have high yield

·         The method is easy, neat and clean

·         Requires little effort in comparison to sowing, tilling, reaping procedures of conventional farming

·         Even climatic conditions are conditioned, reducing reliability on natural circumstances

·         Being nutrient based farming, plants grow faster

·         Hydroponically frown plants require just ¼ of the overall space in comparison to conventional farming

·         As the method does not need soil, plants grown this way do not get infected with soil borne pests, thus giving a higher yield

·         Conservation of water


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(*Part one of a 4-part series)


Comments (1)

  • Guest (Sangeeta G)

    Nice to knw tht this method of farming is being adopted for food production in different parts of the world. We shud take up this method esp., in areas with bad soil.....Good work.

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