Large-scale hydroponic farms may require a high startup capital, but this sustainable method of farming will contribute to the supply of vegetables all year round, said the managing director of Emma Hydroponic Farm, George Yu.

Setting up a hydroponic system can be capital-intensive – considering the cost of equipment and its technology, but it also has its advantages, said Yu.

“Besides providing the farm workers a conducive environment to work in, the climate-proof nature of hydroponics enables them to carry out their tasks even during the rainy weather – unlike the conventional agriculture system.

Citing the numerous effects of climate change and changing weather patterns such as drought and flooding, Yu said this could result in a price fluctuation because of the growth and decline in market demand.

“Price stability depends very much on constant supply,” he said, adding his beliefs of the hydroponic farming system’s feasibility and economic viability if done on a large scale.

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