Adam Henson travels to the USA to learn about what intensive dairy and pig farming means — for the animals and for the environment. (BBC Countryfile. October 24, 2010 s23e08) Video Rating: / 5 Welcome to the World of Growing Food without Soil Using Hi End Technology Advantages of Soilless Farming 1. Soilless agriculture does not require the use of toxic chemicals. Unlike soil-based agriculture, where farmers have to use fertilizers to increase crop yield and spray pesticides to keep weeds and pests away, crops are somewhat protected from pests and weeds. 2. Soilless agriculture is ideal in urban areas where space is too limited for soil-based gardens. 3. Nutrient and growing media loss is significantly reduced with soilless cultivation because the nutrient requirements for crops are determined in advance. 4. Soilless cultivation is believed to cause less pollution. 5. Compared to soil cultivation, the yields from soilless cultivation are significantly higher as a result of intensive practices and the possibilities of continuous, year-round production. Disadvantages of Soilless Farming 1. Crops cultivated using this approach is more prone to pathogen attacks as a result of high moisture levels. 2. Aeroponics is particularly susceptible to power outages. Reliable backup power is a must in Aeroponics. Vision To produce 1% of the world’s food requirement, through our suregrow systems. Mission To pioneer state of the art soilless farming systems which grow quality food at relatively low costs. Background The Indian farmer is not confident about his profession. Wrong practices which affect the quality and quantity of food grown have been and are the order of the day. Food next to water is the most important requirement to humans. This makes it imperative that thorough bred professionals handle this and they are empowered with the right infrastructure offering total control over producing quality […]
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