7 significant things you should know before entering in hydroponic business

7 significant things you should know before entering in hydroponic business

In humankind's history, something new has emerged whenever a necessity arises. Innovative technologies are taking the world by storm. Every day, something revolutionary shows up to propel the growth of our kind and the entire earth.

Hydroponic farming system is one such revolutionary step towards the evolution of how we have farmed until now. To satisfy the rising demand of the ever-growing population, new-age urban farmers are indulging in hydroponics farming. Also, many others who are interested but are new to this field have enrolled themselves in hydroponic training programmes. Thus, successfully taking the first step towards creating a profitable hydroponic business.

What is Hydroponic farming, you ask? Let us simplify it for you.

In layman terms, Hydroponic farming is a practice of producing vegetables & crops without using any soil, frequently named ‘soilless farming’. 

Without soil? Wait, how's that even possible? I know what you're thinking, so I'd like you to pay attention to what you're going to read next.

Hydroponic farming system skips the soil and subs in different ways to support the roots.  Plant roots are nurtured and grown in a solution of liquid nutrients or inside liquid static mediums like Rockwool and Vermiculite.

Marvellous, right? However, don't jump right into planning a hydroponic farming setup in your eagerness. Before you take that big step forward, let's know in brief about the various types of hydroponic systems that are there.

The 6 major types of Hydroponic System

1. Deep Water Culture- Roots are drooped in a water solution & an air stoner or diffuser is used to provide direct air to them.

2. Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)- NFT uses gully channels to hold numerous plants and pump them with nutrient solutions. There are two types of NFTs- 1. Horizontal NFT 2. Vertical NFT.
3. Wick system- It's the simplest hydroponic system. It's completely passive and can be done without electricity, aerators and pumps. Plants are put directly in a porous medium such as vermiculite or perlite, with nylon wicks racing from plants before being sent directly down into a reservoir of nutrient solution.

4. Ebb and Flow- A nutrient-rich material such as Rockwool or perlite is used in a grow bed to grow the plants. Water is gently poured into the bed after planting, ensuring that the solution will not overflow.

5. Drip solution- Using a drip system, the nutrient solution is pumped directly to the plant roots through tubes. Drip emitters control the amount of solution that is placed in each plant based on its individual needs.

6. Aeroponic system- This might not be the most accessible hydroponic system, but its mechanics are easy. Nutrient solutions are sprayed over plant roots using mist nozzles while the plants dangle in the air.

Now that you know the types of various hydroponic systems, it's better to experience the process yourself. But, before that, you must answer specific questions. If you're satisfied with your answers, then go ahead. But, if you find yourself being held by something, don't worry; you can get the best hydroponics training in India with us. Training in hydroponics can be essential in obtaining the desirable return on your investment.

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The things you need to know before beginning hydroponic farming-

1. Why should you start a hydroponic farm?

A study finds that the hydroponics market in India will grow at an amalgamated annual increase rate of 13.53% between 2020 and 2027. Moreover, you'd get to taste healthier food minus any pesticides or insecticides. After all, health is wealth.

2. Which plant to grow?

After examining and comprehending the market demands, you must decide which crops, vegetables or fruits to grow. It would be best if you also considered seasonal trends. This includes analysing nearby market demands, the economic value of the crops and their climate-resilient qualities. Plant species grown in a hydroponic farm are mainly of two types: Short plant species like lettuce, basil, etc. Tall plant species like tomatoes, cucumber, etc.

3. Where to grow your plants?

Whether you're a backyard gardener or a modern farmer with acres of land, you must choose your location carefully. Indoors or outdoors? Your location will also decide the budget required to start your farm successfully. A hydroponic farm requires a greenhouse, growing systems, nutrients and a microclimate controller to grow crops. Each of these aspects requires careful consideration, depending on the size of the farm and the amount you're willing to spend.

4. Identify what your budget is?

Set your budget while keeping your immediate and recurring expenses in mind.

Immediate expense- Your immediate expenses include land, farm equipment, and permanent fixtures for your working space. Though these things may cost the most money, you only need to pay for them once or twice -- unless you rent any.

Recurring expense- Consider the following recurring costs when forming your budget: Water, Seeds, Electricity, Periodic maintenance or repairs, Employees, nutrient solutions, pH stabilizers and more.

5. Which hydroponic system to use?

Before you begin your hydroponic farming setup, you must analyze the pros and cons of each system to understand which works best for you entirely. Knowing so will also empower you to utilize the system of your choice to its maximum efficiency.

6. Who is your target audience?

Your target audience can be your local market. You can begin by creating awareness about your product amongst your friends and family. You can collaborate with local vendors or join hands with established names in the hydroponic business. Who you collaborate with can also decide how your business performs.

7. Why do you need hydroponic training?

Let's be honest, would you dive into an ocean without knowing how to swim? You wouldn't. Then, why would you risk starting a business without prior knowledge of how it works. It would be absurd to attempt to grow a crop without understanding the applications of hydroponics.

You must accumulate as much knowledge as possible before putting up your hydroponic venture, both to avoid costly blunders and to maximize profits.

How can Brio help you?

Brio Hydroponics are the leaders of sustainable yet profitable hydroponic farming in India. Our state-of-the-art farming methods are designed to be environmentally friendly and commercially profitable. Our world-class services have earned us the trust of agripreneurs across the globe. With over ten thousand training participants and 40+ successful projects under our belt, we're working hard to empower our agripreneurs. Our services include project financing, 100% buyback of hydroponics produce, and executing turnkey solutions. Come, train with us.