Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Video: Greenhouse improvement on Réunion Island

Aside from its beautiful landscape and green hilly nature, the Island of Réunion is known for it's small horticulture industry that is helping the island to be self-sufficient with its own food supply. The Island is located in the Indian Ocean about 420 miles east of Madagascar. Growers have limited availability of arable land due to hills and mountains. The cultivation is done in small structures in which they do everything they can to create a maximum production per square meter. 



Installing more efficient growing systems is one of the practices carried out by growers to boost their yields. As their greenhouses are sometimes built on a hilly location with some surface slope, drainage and run off water of their hydroponic substrates often creates wet and humid conditions, with diseases and yield loss as a result. Therefore, growers are currently installing hydroponic spacer and gutter systems from Hydroponic Systems to optimize their drainage water collection.

Local crop consultant Jean-Marc Hoarau of JM Horti Consulting, explained that since last year, about 1.5 hectare of these systems have been installed at a total of 10 Réunion growers. "Growers of crops like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and melons now place their coco peat substrate slabs on these gutters. We have noticed that they reduced the pest pressure inside their greenhouses. Irrigation water is better collected, the greenhouses stay clean and tidy, dry, less humid and the crops are less susceptible to a disease like botrytis." 

Another big advantage of the gutter solution from Hydroponic Systems is the ease of installation. The system is fully shippable, even to a location as remote as Réunion Island and no heavy machinery is required for installation. In order to showcase the ease of installation, Hoarau made a video during the installation at the greenhouse of Steven Merlo, a tomato grower at Mont Vert les Bas, on the south side of the island. 



For more information:
Hydroponic Systems
info@hydroponicsystems.es
+34 968 89 81 81
www.hydroponicsystems.eu




Publication date: 5/19/2017
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.hortidaily.com

 


 

Other news in this sector:

4/26/2018 "Semi-closed greenhouses require sturdy, generative plant types"
4/26/2018 US (NH): Greens get extended life at hydroponic farm
4/25/2018 First US vertical farm receives GAP Certification
4/25/2018 CAN (SK): Creighton greenhouse project hopes to grow opportunity
4/25/2018 US (OH): Farm forum to tour aquaponic grower
4/25/2018 China: Greenhouse in Dali is on fire
4/24/2018 Iranian horticulture picking up the high-tech pace
4/24/2018 US (NC): Greenhouse grant helps pepper farm expand
4/24/2018 US (CA): Horticulture classmates launch eco conscious aquaponics farm
4/24/2018 CAN (QC): How 'data nerds' are transforming produce markets
4/23/2018 Netherlands: 9 hectares indoors compared to 90 hectares outdoors
4/20/2018 CAN (AB): Chilly visit leads to warm friendship
4/20/2018 "This industry has become so much more sophisticated"
4/20/2018 US (VA): Hydroponic farming provides a new job and a new life
4/19/2018 “We want to be close to the customer”
4/19/2018 US (MS): Inmates to harvest 8,000 lbs of tomatoes
4/19/2018 Malaysia: No regrets for manager who left job to become grower
4/19/2018 US (VT): Growers persevere through cold, wet spring
4/18/2018 Koppert Cress and Stanislav Batura-Venzelev start partnership
4/18/2018 Expansion of “living lettuce” Whole Leaf project in Alberta