The purpose of this project is to:
- Introduce non-traditional farming methods to communities.
- Make known hydroponic farming specifically to households in areas of sparse land.
- To support the State in its mandate to foster the sustainable use and conservation of agriculture and fisheries resources through appropriate science and technologies, knowledge management and economic integration that enables producers to realize profits.
- To secure food and nutrition requirements at a community or individual base.
- Increase food production in the country, via “ non-farmers”.
- Fulfil the requirements for PRGM 6002.
As the world’s production of basic foods becomes more difficult, countries are exporting less of wheat, rice and vegetables so that Trinidad and Tobago, being a high importer of food finds itself with an ever-mounting food bill. It now becomes imperative that Trinidad and Tobago encourage its communities to enter agriculture at every stage and quickly introduce new methods of farming. This project will be a contributor to this effort by introducing and educating the specific publics to non-traditional cultivation methods. The advantages of hydroponics are many and some of these advantages as outlined on the highlife website (highlife.com.au) include:
· Faster and more vigorous growth.
· Less transplanting necessary.
· Easier maintenance ; there's less danger of over-or under watering.
· Greater control over growing conditions, leading to better crop production.
· Plants are not subject to soil-borne pests and diseases.
· The hydroponic system is hypo-allergenic: no soil, no mould, no milder.
· The media used in hydroponic growing can be used many times over and can be re-cycle.
· Healthier root zone, producing healthier foliage and more plant production.