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ZipGrow: Soil-less AgroTech to boost productivity

By Gbenga Akinfenwa   |   16 October 2016   |   2:08 am
ZipGrow Farm

ZipGrow Farm

A new technology, ZipGrow Vertical Farming Towers has evolved, to assist farmers in need of space, to boost their agricultural productivity. It is a soil-less farming system that can empower farmers to grow more within a little space and make more money.

ZipGrow line of products allows farmers to grow from micro to subsistence at indoor or in the garden/backyard, as well as, in the warehouse / Greenhouse on a commercial basis.

While not always the first choice for commercial growers, ZipGrow Towers has the ability to grow a wide range of short-statured flower crops.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Honeyville Resources Limited, Mr. Babatunde Rabiu Olaitan, the appointed distributor/retailer of Bright Agrotech’s products in Nigeria, based in Osun State, told The Guardian that the technology is the most efficient and effective way of growing produce, whether growing in or out of soil. “By growing vertically, you are saving space, making harvesting easier, and getting delicious produce to customers faster.”

He disclosed that ZipGrow farmers grow a wide variety of greens and command above market prices. He listed some of the farmers’ favourite greens in high demand in almost any market as Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, among others.

“ZipGrow Towers allow greenhouse growers to maximize their greenhouse space with volumetric production.Whether you’re brand new to soil-less growing or you’ve been growing hydroponically for years, ZipGrow Vertical Farming Towers can empower you to grow more in your space and make more money as a farmer. “

Speaking on how it works, he said: “a hydroponic tower works by using conventional hydroponic techniques in a vertical, gravity fed system. The nutrient rich water is fed through the tower and is able to grow beautiful, abundant crops in a vertical plane. Standard ZipGrow Tower sizes are 3-foot and 5-foot, although we can work on custom sizes for larger commercial orders.

“Small statured crops like lettuce may be planted eight seedlings per 5-foot tower, while larger plants such as basil should have more room; plant 10 basil plants in a 5-foot tower. Again, make sure you know the nature of your crops, so as not to choke the other crops in that tower out. Most tower systems experience a lot of light loss, even at generous spacings.

“This is especially true of four sided systems, which experience almost 90 per cent light loss from the top front of the tower to the bottom rear of the tower, even when spaced at 10 square feet per tower. When ZipGrow towers are massed and managed properly, 2.5 square feet per tower is more than enough to get good crops out of your towers with natural light.”

He noted that for growers just starting out in greenhouse “massed” configurations, 22″ side-to-side and 20″ front-to-back for beginners is recommended. “For more experienced growers, we recommend 18” side-to-side and 16” front-to-back with optimal sunlight.

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