Hydroponic Basic Techniques and Business Analysis Workshop

September 21, 2016 - News

Hydroponic workshop has become one of the most popular activities for the public at INDMIRA. Participants come not only from Yogyakarta area, but also as far away as Jakarta and Depok. This routine event takes place once a month and located at Pondok Makan Pinggir Sawah restaurant, 300 m from INDMIRA headquarters.

This time, there are 22 participants filling all available spots. Anik Leana, INDMIRA PR, opens the session with a presentation on the short history and company profile. Budi Haryono, R & D team member, fills the first session. He explains the basic theory behind this planting technique, such as seed sowing, transplanting, nutrient applications, nutrient control, planting media, and system maintenance.

Riyanto, the second presenter, continues the workshop by demonstrating the processes that have been explained in the previous session. He shows how to prepare the nutrient solutions, sowing, and transplanting. There are two sowing media, ie. rockwool and cocopeat mixed with rice husk charcoal. Sowing on rockwool does not require transplanting but it can only be used once. Whereas cocopeat mixed can be used three to four times, but seedlings have to be transplanted into other media such as netpots or baglog rings.

“Cocopeat mix can be reused after soaking it in water for 24 hours and drying it. Do not forget to add fungicide to prevent fungal infestation.” he adds.

Unlike the previous workshops, in addition to the basic hydroponic techniques, business analysis is also presented. In this session, detailed financing is described from obtaining the equipment and supplies to the potential profits. This session is designed to give the participants some ideas on how much capital is needed in hydroponic cultivation.

The last session is visits to the research facilities in the headquarter complex and production plots at the Amboja farms. Wahyu NH, a participant studying at UNY (Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta/Yogyakarta State University), shares her hopes, “Hopefully the hydroponic system continues to grow to provide a solution of limited space and support food independence. And hopefully. I will be able to successfully run a hydroponic business.”

So come join us for the next hydroponic workshops!!

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