Hydroponics Kenya Fodder System
The Fodder System is a hydroponic grow room designed to sprout grains for livestock.
The Hydroponics Kenya Fodder System is a temperature and humidity controlled growing room designed to sprout grains for livestock. Grain seeds are put into photo-chemically treated trays and sprayed with a nutrient-rich water solution. The system runs without electricity and utilizes a hydro-net and hydro-cloth to control temperature and humidity.
This product is sold and installed directly by the manufacturer.
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Smallholder farmers in Africa
The fodder systems are manufactured and installed on-site by Hydroponics Kenya.
Users can obtain a system by contacting the manufacturer directly.
The type of hydroponic system used (Nutrient Film Technique, Deep Water Culture, Wick System, Ebb & Flow/Flood & Drain System, Drip Hydroponics, Aeroponics or other)
The growing area or number of plants the system can withhold
How are the plants are arranged? (Vertical, Horizontal, or Custom)
The types of plants that the system is designed for (plant groups or specific crops)
The energy source of the water pump or manual irrigation (power source type or manual)
Some hydroponics systems include water filters, some require the user to periodically drain and refill the water. Is there a filtration system included? (Yes/No)
Does the the system come with an aerator which pumps oxygen into the tank? (Yes/No)
Indoor hydroponics systems make use of lights (Yes/No)
Water flow rate required for irrigation through the pump (liters/min or Not required)
Type of digital monitoring systems that may or may not connect to a smartphone app that monitor such things as nutrient levels, water temperature, etc. (Automated or Manual)
The system comes with a hydroponics housing unit, which is a custom built structure made of cloth, timber, and a concrete floor. There are wooden shelves in the housing unit which hold the hydroponics trays. The housing unit can be custom built to hold 70 to 1600 trays. The hydroponics trays are photo-chemically treated to prevent fungal growth, and the fodder is grown directly on the metal trays. The system also comes with liquid mineral nutrients which are sprayed on the fodder. Hydroponics Kenya can also provide barley seeds to customers.
Technical support, consulting, and training are provided by the manufacturer.
Replaceable components include the hydroponics trays and the liquid mineral nutrients.
The manufacturer specifies that their fodder systems use a fraction of the water necessary for conventional farming, that their systems provide the same amount of fodder in a smaller land area, that their systems provide fodder all year regardless of weather conditions, that their systems require less manual labor, and that their fodder is highly nutritious.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
Seed, potable water, and liquid mineral nutrients are required for this system.
Njima, P., 2016, An assessment of factors influencing production of hydroponics fodder among smallholder dairy farmers in Kiambu sub county, Kenya, Doctoral dissertation, University Of Nairobi, Kenya.
Strever, S.B., 2018, Understanding attitudes towards and perceptions of controlled environment agriculture among rural young adults in South Africa, Masters thesis, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
The manufacturer cites fodder yield and water usage as evaluation criteria.
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