Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Federal Institute of Science And Technology (FISAT), Angamaly, to offer ‘Hydroponics Gardener’ course. The agreement was signed by Mr Anwar Hussain L, Head of Finance Division, ASAP Kerala, and Mr. Shimith P R Chairman, Governing body, FISAT,, to promote soil-less horticulture in Kerala and yield maximum produce with the least amount of space and raw material.
Designed for anyone interested in adapting new agriculture technologies, the course will come blended with 72 hours of offline training and 28 hours of farm visits at centers jointly identified by ASAP Kerala and FISAT.
The course has been curated as an attempt to help farmers achieve higher yields, thereby, finding a way to feed Kerala’s rising population without relying on imports from other states. In comparison to conventional cultivation, hydroponic crops are grown using organic fertilisers and only 10% water. The fertilisers are delivered directly into the plants via food-grade pipelines, ensuring minimum wastage.