Pegasus Agritech, a leading operator of hydroponics farming facilities, has launched the 'Teach a Man to Farm' initiative aimed at educating people in developing countries about the processes and methodologies behind hydroponic farming.
The company has lectured at agricultural colleges in Africa, India, Pakistan and across the subcontinent.
It teaches young budding farmers that there are other options apart from the traditional approach available to them.
Hydroponics is the art of growing crops without soil; instead, a nutrient solution containing water and all the vital minerals is piped directly into a plant's roots. The plant does not waste energy searching for its required nutrients and this energy is then spent on growing quicker and healthier, resulting in better harvests.
Pegasus Agritech informs farmers of the intrinsic improvements in growing hydroponically and how they will be able to produce different, cheaper and better quality crops, said a statement.
By teaching farmers about more efficient farming principles, these young men can personally ensure their countries achieve food security in the years to come, it said.
Hydroponics has emerged as the answer to food security, a key pillar of the UN World Food Programme, in regions that struggle to produce their own food and rely on imports.
The 'Teach a Man to Farm' initiative is especially relevant in areas where water is scarce, said the statement.
One of the inherent advantages of the hydroponics method is the massive reduction in water use, it requires 90 per cent less water than traditional methods.
Pegasus also recently partnered with GEMS Our Own English School to ensure the next generation is educated about food security and the importance of healthy eating.
It introduced a hydroponics syllabus for the students and installed a mini farm in the school where students and teachers can grow their own organic produce. It has also been working closely alongside government municipalities to engineer the Pegasus Agritech School for Hydroponic farming.
The school, which is due to open in 2015 in the UAE, will be a centre for hydroponic development, testing and initiative, focusing on hydroponic farm architecture and design, air management, reverse osmosis and other essential techniques for growing hydroponically. - TradeArabia News Service