Hydroponics, a technology which holds huge potential to become the most preferred way of food production in the days to come, will soon dominate the way we cultivate and grow crops. Hydroponic gardening, essentially a method of growing plants in nutrient solution, with no soil has innumerable advantages over conventional plant growing methods. With arable land getting scarce by the day and ever increasing population, hydroponics promises to provide a solution to agriculture shortage and feed the population. Japan, one of the pioneers in hydroponics, has paved the road map for rest of the countries to embrace this technological breakthrough and solve the problems of food production. With surging population and decreasing arable land, Japan is one of the earlier adopters to this technology. With Hydroponics, the Japanese not only succeeded in solving the issue of decreasing cultivable land, they also increased the number of harvest from one to four cycles in a year.
With growing plants in a perfectly controlled environment, Hydroponics can nullify the effect of weather and one can grow almost anything anywhere. For instance, Organitech, one of the commercial hydroponic growers in Israel has been successfully growing huge quantities of berries, citrus fruits, bananas and other plants which under normal circumstance would not have been possible to grow in Israel. Even arid lands of Africa can become more fertile and solve its population of food nutrition with the help of this technology.
As of now, hydroponics is a costlier option compared to traditional methods of growing plants. Even though the set up costs are higher thus currently creating a huge entry barrier, with time, like all technologies, costs are expected to come down. This will make this technology more feasible in the long run. Moreover plants cultivated through hydroponics systems have more nutritional benefits compared to traditional methods of agriculture. For instance, a well grown hydroponics tomato has a better taste and nutritional value with more vitamins, precisely vitamin A and C compared to tomatoes grown through other methods. Even scientists at NASA are contemplating that this technology can benefit the future space programs and colonization of planets or moon.
With favorable market factors, good technology and regulations, hydroponics method will establish a pace of development worldwide in the domain of agriculture. Many colleges and universities are already promoting hydroponics to take agriculture to the next level; it is slowly changing the face of agriculture. Many farmers are provided with innovative hydroponics technology to grow better crops and gain profits from them. Introduction of hydroponics production will lift the future of plantation and will act as a boost to productive technology in the world of farming and agriculture!