DUBAI, UAE, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This is one of the most famous proverbs in the world for a reason; it has proven itself to be true, time and time again. Education has a much longer lasting benefit than charity. This is the philosophy behind the 'Teach a Man to Farm' initiative that Pegasus Agritech has recently launched.
The Pegasus Agritech 'Teach a Man to Farm' initiative was started to educate people in developing countries about the processes and methodologies behind hydroponic farming. They have lectured at agricultural colleges in Africa, India, Pakistan and across the subcontinent. By attending universities, they teach young budding farmers that there are other options apart from the traditional approach available to them. Pegasus Agritech informs farmers of the intrinsic improvements in growing hydroponically and how they will be able to produce different, cheaper and better quality crops. By teaching farmers about more efficient farming principles, these young men can personally ensure their countries achieve food security in the years to come.
Hydroponics is the art of growing crops without soil; instead, a nutrient solution containing water and all the vital minerals is piped directly into a plant's roots. This means that the plant does not waste energy searching for its required nutrients and this energy is then spent on growing quicker and healthier, resulting in better harvests. Hydroponics has emerged as the answer to food security, a key pillar of the UN World Food Programme, in regions that struggle to produce their own food and rely on imports. The 'Teach a Man to Farm' initiative is especially relevant in areas where water is scarce. One of the inherent advantages of the hydroponics method is the massive reduction in water use, it requires 90 percent less water than traditional methods, and Pegasus Agritech have already seen successes in enabling farmers in the developing world to achieve much higher yields through minimizing their water use.
Pegasus also recently partnered with GEMS Our Own English School to ensure the next generation is educated about food security and the importance of healthy eating. They introduced a hydroponics syllabus for the students and installed a mini farm in the school where students and teachers can grow their own organic produce. They have also been working closely alongside government municipalities to engineer the Pegasus Agritech School for Hydroponic farming. It will be a centre for hydroponic development, testing and initiative, focusing on hydroponic farm architecture and design, air management, reverse osmosis and other essential techniques for growing hydroponically. The school is due to open in 2015 in the UAE.
SOURCE Pegasus Agritech