Turkish agricultural tech company Growponics Greenhouse Technologies continues to grow vegetables through hydroponic production in Ovacik district of Izmir. The company’s general manager Harun Malkoclar: “Our company is 50 % owned by British Growponics company and we are planning to lower Turkey’s vegetable imports through hydroponic production.
We have invested around 1 million USD so far and started production in a greenhouse of 0.5 hectares and we grow different varieties of vegetables in our greenhouses. We combine high-tech equipment with modern agricultural techniques to ensure year-round production. We aim to expand our greenhouses to 10.000 square meters.
We grow products with a technology named Deep Water Culture and our computer systems control all the production parameters such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, light humidity, and temperature. We mainly grow different varieties of lettuce, spinach, chard, and parsley.
Another benefit of hydroponic production is the elimination of the need to use pesticides and other chemicals which were extensively used in conventional agricultural production fields and greenhouses. We hope to grow and improve soilless greenhouse production in Turkey. We have also met with some interested parties from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to explore hydroponic production opportunities in these countries.”