Given a shortage of access to land by black South Africans, farming on a large scale can only be achieved using new and effective methods such as Hydroponics and Aquaponics. In the traditional farming system, plants depend on soil to obtain all nutrients needed for their growth. In contrast, a hydroponic garden provides all of these nutrients without involving sunlight, soil, allowing farmers to benefit from efficiencies and to reap large produce yields the same as traditional farming.
What are some of the benefits of Hydroponic Farming?
Well, Water can be reused, so hydroponics systems require 20 times less water than soil-based gardening.
Reduces nutrient leaching into the environment (and you save money)
No pesticides, if you provide a sterile environment to the plant.
Hydroponics systems need 20% less space for growing.
You can have complete control over the nutrient balance.
Less labor. Hard tasks such as tilling, cultivating, fumigation, and mulching are not required for hydroponic growing.
Growing year-round; the season isn’t a problem.
Crops grow faster in hydroponic culture than in a soil-based growing medium.
It is a proven technology that ensures high yields.
Harvesting is easier. Growing is a relaxing hobby, stress-relieving, and a great way to spend quality family time.
What will the funds be used for?
- 5 Level x 20m, 6360 Plant system C/W Lift & Transit Car
- Auto Harvester, Auto tray washer & Auto seeding Machine
- Delivery Van
- Grow Mediums
- Plant Nutrients
I aim to kickstart the project in 2021, this will also curb the surge of COVID19 which resulted in job losses in South Africa and also contribute to food security.
This funding will help to create more job opportunities for the youths, especially women in the Agricultural sector. This will also allow more emerging black farmers to have a competitive advantage in the sector by producing high-quality crops at reasonably lower costs. Achieving this goal will definitely satisfy my drive to also contribute meaningfully to the economic activities in South Africa.