Exploration of New Crops in Constanza

19 July, 2017 | Blog | 0 comments

Santo Domingo

The Dominican Agribusiness Board (acronym in Spanish JAD) visited the pioneer hydroponics crops projects of the Municipality of Constanza in the export of goods produced with this technique in the Dominican Republic.

The JAD’s executive president, Osmar C. Benítez, was able to see the project of hydroponic cultivation of purple and green lettuce from the Lucas Pérez Group and the Manolin Rivas´s celery project, where it is also being experimented with other crops such as strawberries.

In both projects, several JAD executives toured the facilities where they verified the effectiveness of this method in crops and pondered the innovative nature of the technique as it represents a step forward in various vital issues for agriculture such as high levels of safety.

Although hydroponics is a technique that has been used for centuries and has been expanding for several decades, in the Dominican Republic, the Lucas Perez Group and Manolin Rivas´s projects in Constanza represent avant-garde initiatives in the country.

Hydroponics, or hydroponic agriculture, is a method used to grow plants using water or mineral solutions instead of agricultural soil.

Through this technique, the roots receive a balanced nutrient solution dissolved in water with all the chemical elements essential for the development of the plants, which can grow in a mineral solution only, or in an inert medium, such as washed sand, gravel or perlite or rice straw among many others, says a note from the JAD. Among the advantages of hydroponic crops is the reduction of water use of up to 90%.

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