Ashesi D:Lab Hydroponics Farming

Ever wondered why the Netherland, though bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture, still stands as the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value? Hydroponics may not account for all of it, but certainly one of them!

What is Hydroponics and Why does it deserve any attention?

In case you are not acquainted with the technology, Hydroponics is simply a method of growing crops using nutrient solutions instead of growing the crops in soil. This technique makes it possible to provide crops with the best amount of nutrients to optimize crop growth and yield.

The Hydroponic Farming Technique boasts of faster crop growth and is environmentally friendly because it uses less water than conventional agriculture. The technique, if adopted in Ghana, will be crucial to sustaining the vegetation as hydroponic farming eliminates the need to cut down trees and destruction natural habitats.

This semester the Ashesi D:Lab Hydroponics team, under the Farm Modeling Project, is working to bring this wonder to Ashesi. The team is currently working to employ and test the hydroponic technology under our harsh weather conditions. The project will capture learnings and experiences that will start and contribute to the conversations on sustainable farming method and hydroponic farming in Ghana and beyond.

Work has already started on the structure, IoT, and will continue after the mid semester break. We welcome interest, suggestions and support in any form from the community! Contact Stephan Ofosuhene atstephan.ofosuhene@ashesi.edu.gh

Ashesi D:Lab Hydroponic Team

 

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