Hydroponics

This is a soilless medium comprising water and local raw materials such as sawdust, rice husks, cocoa peat and compost manure in the production of vegetables, short season crops and some food crops. It is an environmentally friendly, cost-effective method of production and increases crop yield. The controlled media helps in eliminating contamination from soil and soil borne diseases.

Benefits: 
Requires less planting space as more crops can be cultivated in a unit area.
It promotes early maturity of vegetables and short season crops.
Utilises nutrients effectively, thus minimises waste.
Uses less water as the medium can retain water in quantities required by crops.
Uses less labour or personnel than conventional methods of vegetable production.
Market: 
Households, vegetable farmers, grower associations that seek to use minimal resources who grow vegetables and other short season crops for a hobby or commercial purpose.
Development Status: 
At the pre-commercial stage
Technology Developer: 
The technology developer is Rev. Professor Frank Kumaga, Department of Crop Science