Hydroponics may provide better agriculture solutions

News:Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) is developing low cost hydroponics system.


About Hydroponics:

  • Hydroponics is the technique of growing plants without soil by using water solvent which consists of mineral nutrients.
  • Hydroponic systems are engineered as a highly space and resource efficient form of farming and represent a considerable source of industrially grown produce.
  • The method is suitable for growing greens and herbs as they don’t have deep roots.

Benefits of Hydroponics:

  • Hydroponics provides higher yield and economic returns compared to traditional agricultural practices because of an increase in harvest cycles and balanced nutrient supply.
  • Hydroponics system is not affected by weather, wild animals and any of the other external biotic or abiotic factors.
  • In addition to these benefits hydroponic system also makes less and efficient utilization of water.
  • No nutrition pollution is released into the environment because of the controlled system.


  • It requires high technical knowledge and training before starting the process.
  • Without soil as a buffer,any failure to the hydroponic system leads to rapid plant death.