Advancing in the delivery of knowledge, INIA La Cruz recently published three technical sheets written by the transferors Andrea Torres Pinto of INIA La Cruz and Luis Leris Garay of INIA Intihuasi in the technical office of Ovalle.

These sheets contain valuable information on the importance of nutritive solutions for hydroponic systems and how to make them to promote proper growth and development of plants, the techniques of vegetable production in hydroponic systems; and the step by step of a hydroponic oatmeal production system.

Hydroponic crops are a growing tool that has a very good projection for the food of the future and the way to grow plants, since it reduces costs and saves water.

Knowing the importance of the implementation of hydroponic cultivation systems in times of Covid 19, Andrea Torres suggests that in the future, as a result of overpopulation, food grown in more sustainable and less contaminated environments could be required. Therefore, the use of this type of system is a very versatile opportunity that can be used to generate crops that serve as food for livestock, chickens or others or also to produce food for human consumption. "According to FAO estimates, agricultural production needs to double between now and 2050 to meet the demand of the growing population, so this type of technology is a good solution."

This sustainable production system is feasible to implement both in rural environments and urban gardens, saving 70% of water, eliminating the use of agrochemicals as it is a much cleaner and pollution-free system.

The cultivation in hydroponics is a modality in the management of plants, which allows their cultivation without soil and without losing sight of the needs of the plants, such as light, temperature, water and nutrients.

Here we leave the links for you to review each one in detail.

N ° 56. Vegetable production techniques in hydroponic systems.

N ° 57. Production of green hydroponic oat forage for animal feed in Catapilco.

N ° 58. Nutritive solutions and use of the timer in hydroponic crops.

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