University of Philippines educates students on hydroponic farming

Some 44 young educators, students, and out-of-school youth from different districts of Laguna province joined the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos (UPLB)-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) to learn the basics of hydroponics farming.

The Searca-hosted Information and Demonstration Session on Hydroponics was part of the 'Pook Luntian Sa Tahanan Ko' project of Gawad Laguna Inc. (GLI) held on November 27 via Zoom.

In partnership with Searca through the Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation or #Y4Agri and the NIU Greens Hydroponics, participants were pre-selected from a vlogging contest initiated by GLI to elicit their interest to venture into hydroponics as a modern way of growing food.

According to Searca Director Glenn Gregorio, the session enabled the participants to learn the basics of hydroponics as a soilless farming method and eco-friendly solutions to mitigate the challenges of a small-scale hydroponic system.

Gregorio said this initiative which is also part of Searca's 55th anniversary celebration with the theme 'Sowing Seeds of Innovation for Agricultural Transformation' is to sow the seeds of innovation in modern farming such as hydroponics to transform agriculture and food systems.

The Laguna-based NIU Greens Hydroponics proprietors Floracoelli Masajo-Hernandez and Albretch Hernandez facilitated the info-demo session.

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