Changing The Way We Gow Food Through NFT Hydroponics

Lesotho depends mostly on the agriculture sector as the largest producer of food and driver of economic growth; however, it is also the largest user of our scarce or rather expensive water resources. The use of NFT Hydroponic Growing Systems is fast-growing in agriculture as the best way to overcome critical food and water shortages by offering a quicker, healthier, more sustainable method of food production.

What is NFT Hydroponics?

NFT Hydroponics (loosely translated as “working-water”) is a method of growing produce using a flow of mineral nutrient water solutions instead of soil. The soilless nature of the system means that high-quality crops can be grown in any climate and in shorter times, providing a more reliable, predictable, eco-friendly and safe alternative to traditional crop systems.Growing hydroponically offers significant advantages, both for the environment and for farmers as well as for consumers:

  • Not dependent on seasonal activity: Not affected by drought, flood and other climate-related issues
  • Reduced water usage: Compared to soil-based systems
  • No pesticides or herbicides: Pests and soil diseases and weeds can be better controlled without the use of harsh chemicals
  • Hydroponic nutrients are recyclable: waste water containing valuable water and nutrients can be collected, filtered, treated and recycled
  • Growing time is lessened: Accelerated growth due to correct balance of nutrients, water and oxygen
  • Automated systems: UV sensors allow for faster crop turnover and reduced labour
  • Healthier produce: Better control of environment significantly reduces plant stress and provides for a very healthy crop

NFT Hydroponic Process

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