Siliguri, 11th January: Two youths from Siliguri namely Bikash Chowdhury and Ratish Chowdhury succeeded after they attempted the hydroponics method for cultivation.
Hydroponics is a type of horticulture and a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants, usually crops, without soil, by using mineral nutrient solutions in an aqueous solvent.
The youths, using the hydroponics method for the first time, have been cultivating strawberries, red and yellow capsicum, cauliflower, bitter gourd, chilli, and tomatoes in Salbari.
The hydroponics method does not require land or soil for planting crops. The method also requires less water for cultivation. Apart from fruits and flowers, it also helps to cultivate rice and wheat.
As per the information, Bikash and Ratish took training in Madhya Pradesh for the hydroponics method. After discussing with Siliguri Agriculture Department and in collaboration with the state’s Atma scheme, they started cultivating with this method, six months ago.
Bikash Chowdhury said that the hydroponics method has opened a new horizon for the farmers. If cultivation is done in this method, success can be obtained within 6 months.
On the other hand, Ratish Chowdhury said that this method of cultivation has been started in several states of India. However, their success makes it the first time in North Bengal.
Cultivation in this way is less costly, less labour-intensive, and more profitable, says Ratish. He added that farmers will benefit if this method is implemented. The demand for crops produced in this method is also good in the market.