India: Growing vegetables in plastic pipes

The Jammu and Kashmir government has introduced a new technology for growing vegetables in plastic tubes. Hydroponics technology, introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture, mostly offsets the space crunch in urban areas.

The new technology is gaining momentum across Kashmir due to the effectiveness of chemical- and pesticide-free vegetables grown inside homes or apartments where land is not available.

Hydroponics is a method of growing crops without soil. Unlike the traditional method of growing plants in soil, hydroponic plants obtain all the required nutrients from a hydroponic solution medium. Therefore, the presence of soil becomes unnecessary for its survival.

“A motor is connected to the pipes that dispense the nutrient solution. It has been time-tested, and there is no chance of disease. People who do not have land can use this technology to grow vegetables in their homes,” Chaudhary Muhammad Iqbal, Kashmir’s director of agriculture, told Kashmir Monitor.


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