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Aquaponics and Hydroponics workshop - With Mamatha, Venkat

Sat, 30 Nov 2019 9:00AM - Sun, 1 Dec 2019 5:00PM
Rs 7867
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The workshop delves deeper into the mechanics of Aquaponics & Hydroponics systems, plant, and fish nutrition requirements, water, and nutrient parameters, parameters to achieve commercial success in Hydroponics.


 Course attendees will get to visit the farm facility and understand various Hydroponics setups possible in a practical way. You will not go home empty-handed! We will provide you with plenty of how-to materials and a list of resources for future use, a commercial ROI plan for growing in Hydroponics. 


 Agenda – Day 1


 Introduction - 1 hour

  • Introduction to soilless farming methods
  • Introduction to hydroponics, aquaponics
  • Comparison to growing in soil


Plant growth and nutrition requirements - 2 hours


  • Plant structure
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemical cell processes
  • Mechanisms of nutrient uptake in various stages of plant growth
  • Photosynthesis; minerals and nutrients
  • Plant nutrition – Macro and Micronutrients
  • Impact of light, humidity, O2, CO2, other climatic conditions
  • Water quality and its impact
  • The role of pH and EC in plant growth
  • Addressing water quality issues in pH and EC
  • Nutrients from hydroponics & aquaponics
  • Inorganic salts and dynamics - How salts are balanced in a system
  • Lab practice - understanding pH and EC test kits and values


Hydroponic Systems - 1 hour


  • Various Hydroponics Systems
  • Hydroponics system classification criteria
  • Closed and open systems techniques
  • NFT, DWC, Media Bed, and other small-scale systems
  • Systems layout
  • Strengths and weaknesses of various systems
  • Soilless media types and properties


Plant Culture and Disease management - 1 hour


  • Flowcharting the crop
  • Seedling culture for various crops
  • Transplanting and spacing
  • Pollination, suckering, training and grafting
  • Harvesting and post-harvest storage
  • Disease management – Abiotic vs Biotic
  • Identifying nutritional disorders and corrections
  • pest and diseases in controlled environments
  • Hydroponic Vegetable Production
  • Plant directory


Hydroponics Workshop on the farm – 1.5 hours


  • Demo of NFT, DWC, Media Bed, Dutch Bucket systems in the farm – farm activity
  • Seedling and transplanting in DWC and NFT – farm activity
  • Balancing nutrients, EC and pH in the reservoir– farm activity


 Agenda – Day 2

 Aquaponics - 0.5 hours   

  • Understanding Aquaponics and nutrition
  • Nitrogen cycle – the role of Bacteria
  • Water quality parameters related to Aquaponics

Recirculating Aquaponics systems and principles - 0.5 hours

  • Components of Aquaponics – SLO, Mechanical filters, Biofilters design
  • Component sizing – fish to plant ratio, fish tank, biofilters, and plant beds sizing

Decoupled Aquaponics systems and design principles - 0.5 hours

  • Single loop systems
  • Multi-loop systems

Fish Culture - 1 hour

  • Fish variety and selection
  • Fish feed management
  • Diseases and symptoms


Aquaponics Workshop on the farm - 1 hour


  • Understanding Nitrogen test kits and values lab practice
  • Working of SLO, Mechanical, and Biofilters – farm activity


Greenhouse Operation & Management - 1 hour

  • Growing crops in greenhouses
  • Fertigation systems
  • Horticultural management in a greenhouse
  • Greenhouse and other growing structures
  • Environmental Control - Heating/Cooling, Lighting/Shading
  • Environmental Control – Humidity and natural ventilation
  • Horticultural lighting
  • IoT automation prospects in greenhouses

Business plan - Plan a hydroponic or aquaponic enterprise – 1.5 hours

  • Commercial farm business plan
  • Capex and Opex case study
  • Market survey, farm sizing, crop selection, and management
  • References, resources, and contacts


Q & A - 0.5 hours conclusion and wrap up




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