Urban And Soilless Farming Masterclass

Hydroponics is the fastest way to grow your plants and vegetables. Soil-Less farming is used to grow fresh animal feeds and fresh fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, pepper, celery, cabbage and many more.

Achieve your learning goals in 2019 as you join Adebowale Onafowora and others in Abeokuta .Farmers and groups of interested individuals would learn how to take hold of the Hydroponics industry in making millions of naira in this technology driven era and also discover the diversity of and opportunities in the agribusiness value chain.

To this end, we welcome you to the last two episodes of our exclusively packaged  URBAN AND SOILLESS FARMING MASTERCLASS in the months of November and December 2019.

Highlights of this are –

  1. Hydroponics Technology
  2. Recirculating Aquaculture fish farming System (RAS) technology
  3. Aquaponics farming techniques
  4. Miracle Mushrooms production
  5. Stevia (Sugar substitute) Production
  6. Spices and High value herbs processing
  7. Improved Agribusiness value chain strategies

hydroponics

Date: November 21st to 23rd AND December 19th to 21st 2019
Venue: BIC Soilless Technology Farms, 1-2, Sarumi close, Asero Estate, Abeokuta
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: N100,000 
Booking for accommodation  close to the farm also available at N 7000/ night.

Registration

To complete your registration for this power packed event, simply pay into the following Bank Account.

BIC FARMS CONCEPTS – 4110042948, Polaris Bank Plc

What you stand to gain?

  • Hydroponics guide DVD
  • Hydroponics guide manual
  • The “Azolla” guide manual
  • In addition, you will receive 3 months direct mentoring from Adebowale Onafowora
  • Market linkage opportunities with agro allied firms and companies.
  • Opportunity to be a member of Hydroponics commercial growers forum.
  • Access to exclusive high value exotic seeds.

Course will include,

  • Course materials
  • Feeding
  • Certificate
Click To See Course Modules
  • Chapter 1

    Introduction to Hydroponics Technology

    1. History of Hydroponics
    2. What is the hydroponics concept (Culture)?
    3. Why hydroponics culture differs from conventional agriculture.
    4. Methods used in hydroponics culture.
    5. Future of Hydroponics technology.
  • Chapter 2

    PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND REQUIREMENTS.THE PLANT PHYSIOLOGY:

    1. Plant parts and function.
    2. How water and nutrients are mobilized.
    3. Root-zone.
    4. Vegetative and productive stages.
    5. Pollination.
    6. Flower and fruit.

    THE PLANT CHEMISTRY and METABOLISM

    1. Photosynthesis.
    2. The chemistry of nutrients.
    3. Water pH and its implication on plant chemical balance.
    4. Plant metabolism.

    LIGHT

    1. The effect of light on plant development.
    2. Light effect on plants (seasons, photoperiods)

    NUTRIENTS -Essentials of hydroponics nutrients and how to produce it

    1. Understanding nutrients chemistry.
    2. Definition of nutrients.
    3. Macro and Micro nutrients roll in plant functioning.
    4. Electrical conductivity (EC)
    5. pH and its relation to nutrients.
    6. Water quality and water toxicity.
    7. Nutrients deficiencies- guideline.

    TEMPERATURE

    1. Climate and it effect on plants.
    2. Understanding temperatures values in relations to season and day/night.

    OXYGEN

    1. Why plants need Oxygen.
    2. The mechanism of oxygen at plant root zone.

    CO2

    1. The importance of CO2 availability to plant development.
    2. The CO2 chemical dynamics in plants photosynthesis.

    UNDER COVER GROWING (CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT)

    1. Climatic conditions in tunnel.
    2. The importance of controlling; temperature, humidity and other factors.

    Materials: Demonstration of light effect on plant (plant sample). Printed information.

  • Chapter 3

    GROWING MEDIA

    GROWING MEDIA- PROPERTIES.

    1. CHARACTERISTICS OF GROWING MEDIA
    2. Water holding capacity (WHC)
    3. Porosity.
    4. Sources (Organic vs Non Organic)
    5. Cation exchange capacity. (CEC)
    1. ORGANIC MEDIA
    2. Coir.
    3. Sawdust (wood shavings)
    4. Tree Bark
    1. NON ORGANIC MEDIA
    2. Perlite.
    3. Vermiculite.
    4. Rock-Wool.
    5. Sand.
    6. Gravel.
    1. WORKING WITH VARIOUS GROWING MEDIA.
    2. Consideration of chosen media.
    3. Choosing the prefer irrigation system due to growing media.
    4. Preparations of various growing media.
    5. Maintaining various growing media.
  • Chapter 4

    HYDROPONICS GROWING SYSTEMTROUGH CULTURE:

    1. General principles.
    2. Advantages and disadvantages.
    1. General principles.
    2. Advantages and disadvantages.

    FLOOD AND DRAIN

    1. General Principles.
    2. Advantages and Disadvantages’.

    PASSIVE HYDROPONICS

    1. General Principles.

    DRIP IRRIGATION

    1. General Principles.
    2. Various drip irrigation options.
    3. Irrigation strategies.
    4. Control and maintenance.

    AEROPONICS

    1. General principle.
    2. Advantages and disadvantages.

    AQUAPONICS

    1. General principle.
    2. Advantages’ and disadvantages.

    HYDROPONICS GROWING METHODS

    1. Trough culture.
    2. Bag Culture.
    3. Gutter culture.
    4. Container culture.

    Materials: Visiting various operating systems.

    IRRIGATION AND NUTRIENTS PROGRAM

    1. Structuring Irrigation Strategy.
    2. Climatic analysis.
    3. Plant growing stage.
    4. Consulting parameters (EC & pH)
    5. Structuring Nutrients program.
    6. Nature of crop and specific crop requirements. (Cultivar & Variety)
    7. Plant growing stage.
    8. Climatic conditions.

    General Understanding of Hydroponics/Soil-less farming

    Practicable and accessible hydroponics substrates in Nigeria.

    Different Hydroponics system design

    Greenhouse technology and analysis

    The Fodder system

    How to build a functional hydroponics vegetable system

    How to grow your own Fresh feed within 6-9 days and sack your feed mill

    Wealth creation avenues in the Nigerian Hydroponics industry.

  • Chapter 5

    CROP PRODUCTION, MARKETING andFINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS.

    CROP CONTROL & MANTENANCE

    1. Handling plants growing in control environment.
    2. Support and trellises.
    3. Scouting and observations.
    4. IPM- Pest management.
    5. Plants nutrients deficiencies symptoms.

    MARKET ANALYSIS

    1. Parameters to consider that influence crop selection.
    2. Choosing cultivar/variety- Azolla and Stevia, among others
    3. Timing.
    4. Pricing.
    5. Distance from main target market.
    6. Packaging.

    MARKET SEGMENT and FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

    1. Fresh vegetables.
    2. Leafy crops.
    3. Cut flowers.
    4. Seedlings production.

    Assignment:

    The second part of the final day is mainly about producing a business plan which includes all the financial considerations.

    Each student focusing on his own “project” and together a general business plan calculation is completed and produced.

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