The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare informed the Lok Sabha that ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bengaluru (IIHR) has developed a variant of hydroponics.
- Hydroponics Farming is a viable alternative to traditional farming methods for soil less cultivation for enhancing productivity and water use efficiency.
- Hydroponics is a new concept in India and gaining popularity among entrepreneurs and innovative farmers, who are looking for sustainable and efficient ways to grow crops.
- At present, this technology is mostly confined to urban farming, rooftop gardening and commercial farming.
- Cocoponics” or the Soilless production of vegetables, using cocopeat as a substrate, which has been found to be comparatively more successful in many vegetable crops.