Philippines: Leyte government will launch a hydroponic farming project

The Leyte provincial government will launch a hydroponics farming project to help farmers maximize limited space in cultivating high-value crops.

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said on Tuesday compared with traditional gardening, hydroponics is a concept that uses less soil, less space, less water, with a growth rate of 30-50 percent faster.

The initiative is in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Ateneo de Manila University, Arizona State University, and the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU).

Because hydroponics also uses less soil, it gets rid of soil-borne pests and diseases that normally affect the growth of plants, according to the governor.

“The good thing about this project is we are using container vans. During natural calamities and disasters like typhoon, we can transfer the vans to safer place where the typhoon will not directly hit,” Petilla said. 

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