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TAPKIT: 500m2 self-assembly hydroponic greenhouse

After many years of specializing in large commercial-size hydroponic systems world-wide, TAP is launching the TAPKIT. The TAPKIT is a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, which can produce 6-12 tons of leafy vegetables and fresh herbs per year. "The idea is to enable small farmers to have their own hydroponic business, where they can grow and market their production to the neighbors, neighbor restaurants and their own consumption", Teshuva Agricultural Projects CEO Avner Shohet explains. 

The TAPKIT greenhouse will be presented at ’Agri-Tech Israel 2018’, in May. The hydroponic, self-assembly kit was designed as a cheap solution, while keeping a high standard. "The idea is 'from seeds to packages", Avner explains. "With an investment of 50,000 euros, the client will have a unit that also includes a small plant nursery and packing equipment."

The unit can be operated by 2 people. The target audience are farmers, resorts, educational organizations, farmers shops, retired people, hospitals and many others.

NFT techniques on the rise
NFT uses a recirculating water system that carefully manages water usage and fertilizer volumes required to support healthy, consistent plant growth. This delivers multiple, proven advantages, including: very high production yields; significantly lower operating costs, more efficient production facilities; major savings in water and fertilizers; longer equipment lifecycles and increased profitability.

“NFT techniques are on the increase globally due to growing consumption of high-value and exotic crops and the increasing need for global food security by increasing yield in smaller spaces. Hydroponic crops are generally high-value, and every production refinement that can be made pays higher dividends to farmers. The industry is very focused on techniques that can improve yield and quality to give them a market advantage.”

Stabilizing temperature
The TAPKIT is developed in such a way that it can be adjusted to local circumstances and needs of the grower. The greenhouse currently built in Israel is provided with a monitoring and controlling operation system for optimization of the root zone temperature, developed and patented by Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies. This is one of the options the TAPKIT can be extended with. 

According to ROOTS CEO Sharon Devir, stabilizing the nutrient temperature year-round will help farmers produce better quality crops, maximize production volume and minimize costs. “With this collaboration we can now address a major problem NFT farmers face in stabilizing nutrient temperatures and maintaining them at an optimal range year-round. This is a game-changer for Roots as it allows us to tap into an existing, rapidly growing global advanced-hydroponics market." 

Agri-Tech Israel 
The TAPKIT is to be presented at the Agri-Tech Israel 2018. The exhibition will be held May 8 – 10, 2018 at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv. During and after the exhibition, visits can be made to the first TAPKIT greenhouse project. 

For more information:
Teshuva Agricultural Projects
60 Nof Harim St., Olesh, 42855 Israel
[email protected]