DUBAI, UAE, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Hydroponics is becoming increasingly popular in the region and Pegasus Agritech views the technology as a viable solution for feeding a growing global population. Hydroponic farming of vegetables has seen a surge in popularity because it does not require large outdoor spaces for farming. Any veggies of your choice can be grown inside homes, offices and even in small apartments. This is an efficient system to cultivate vegetables through greater efficiencies than soil-based planting. Using this system, the crops receive nutrients through the roots, but they are not in soil. Hydroponic plants are grown in water and variations of the science can be used to grow plants in gravel, sand or simply in the air with an occasional nutrient bath. Vegetables, in this system can grow much faster and larger than those grown in soil due to this efficiency as well as other additional benefits.
Vegetables need water, sunshine, and nutrients. In a hydroponic system, crops do not have to spend this energy seeking nutrients, which means that they do not need to spend time growing extensive root systems. The nutrients are applied directly to the roots, allowing the vegetables to be grown in a smaller space and in a shorter time period. In traditional farming of vegetables, the plants are exposed to pests, airborne diseases, floods, droughts and storm damage. There are many diseases that can come directly from the soil, but hydroponic farming eliminates the potential for soil borne diseases. In regards to the taste, the vegetables grown hydroponically will be just as flavorful as the premium organic vegetables grown in soil. Also the system can control many factors which can significantly affect the taste of the produce. In traditional farming, too much rain or a lack of sun can significantly affect the taste of the vegetables
Not only are hydroponic vegetables virtually indistinguishable from those conventionally grown, but they also offer a number of advantages that add to their appeal. Growing vegetables hydroponically can dramatically cut down threats posed by pests and diseases due to highly controlled environments. The reduced threat of pests and disease allows hydroponic farmers to cut their use of pesticides, producing vegetables with minimal exposure to chemicals.
While vegetables grown in soil must expend most of their energy to develop a root system that can reach out in a constant search for oxygen, water and nutrients, hydroponic farming allows plants to focus on foliar, fruit and flower growth. Hydroponic vegetables grown in a controlled environment can be harvested year-round, sharply increasing the crop's yield. This allows vegetable crops to be cultivated in areas, such as deserts, warehouses and unfavorable conditions. Growing vegetables hydroponically is one of the most exacting and intense forms agriculture. Hydroponics is becoming increasingly popular as it is highly productive and efficient and land and protective of the environment.
About the company
Pegasus Agritech, headquarted in Dubai is the largest owner and operator of hydroponic farming facilities and food investments in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA). Pegasus Agritech continues to lead the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in technologically advanced farming techniques and clean and ethical farming practices that produce fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables.
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