Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 January 2019 at 06:51

There are a lot of question about the use  off  the foddersystem  in Africa. A lot of people are reading my site about the fodder. (www.hydroponics-nederland.nl/hydroponic-fodder) Therefore this article.

7 Reasons Why Hydroponic Fodder is a “Viable” Option for Feeding Livestock

7 Reasons Why Hydroponic Fodder is a Viable Option for Feeding Livestock

On the surface, the concept of producing hydroponic fodder in a hydroponic system is quite appealing to farmers because 1kg of grain provides 6 to 10kgs of hydroponic fodder in 6 to 10 days. However, when you scratch below the surface, you realize that hydroponic fodder is not quite a viable option for feeding your cattle and especially sheep, cows, and goats.

What is Hydroponic Fodder?

Fodder is food given to livestock. Thus, hydroponic fodder is the livestock food produced using hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil in a hydroponic system.

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Gidi Smolders 1 kg of grain provides 6 - 10 kg of hydroponic feed. Or 950 gram of dry matter (in 1 kg of grain) provides 900 gram dry matter and 5 - 9 kg of water (in 6 - 10 kg of hydroponic feed). So (at least) 50 grams of dry matter lost, besides the costs to produce the hydroponic feed. How is compensated for that?

1 week 22 hours ago

Ed van der Post The cheaper your system the less costs. That my advice in this article. You can buy one for €30.000 euro or you built one for 2000,-And not every seed wil germinate. So what do you want  to compensate?

1 week 20 hours ago

Gidi Smolders For the loss of feeding-value. Hydroponic systems make from 1 kg of grain with 950 gram of dry matter on average 8 kg of feed with in total maximum 900 grams of dry matter. So from every kg dry matter input you get only 900 grams dry matter output in 8 kg hydroponic feed. Or in other words:  instead of feeding 1 kg of grain with 50 grams of water you feed 8 kg hydroponic feed with 7100 grams of water.  

1 week 18 hours ago

Ed van der Post I dont now where you get your data, but I have other numbers:Simple math with 50# bagsSay a bag of pig and sow costs you $20 for 50 pounds at the local TSC. That works out to $0.40 cents per pound. Not horrible. Unless you are buying 30 bags every two weeks! That quickly becomes $600 every two weeks and only gives me 1500 pounds of feed.Now lets look at a bag of seed for the purposes of sprouting. I buy a 50 pound bag of organic (no less) seed for $30 per bag. Wow that already sounds expensive. But using simple math and knowing that I can always get at least 5 pounds of fodder out of every 1 pound of seed (we will learn how to get a 10:1 conversion in later chapters) I know that the 50 pounds of seed becomes 250 pounds of feed. That is $0.12 cents per pound! Working backwards to see how many bags of seed I need to generate the same 1500 pounds of feed in the end: 6 bags of organic seed. Cost? $180 My pigs can eat all they want at that rate.So let’s talk in terms of bulk. Go buy 2,000 lbs of all organic seed at 37¢/lb (or $18.50 per 50lbs) and you are down to 7.4¢/lb! 7.4¢ for organic, non-gmo, no animal byproducts, feed me as much as I want fodder! The higher your yield the lower your cost.

1 week 6 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2017 at 08:30

I'd like to share some thoughts on the recent developments around Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Africa and Asia. Would love to hear your comments and experiences:

Aquaponics: A sustainable business model!?

“Talking with restaurant owners all around Ethiopia we picked up many frustrations about the supply of vegetables they were receiving. Often vegetables were out of stock for weeks, arriving half rotten or even delivered with traces of pesticides. After observing their response to our aquaponics vegetables, we realized that with aquaponics we had to key to solving many of these urban food supply issues.”  

Commercial aquaponics has rooted itself in the growing sustainable food movement in the west. Production numbers are increasing, improvements are made on organic pest management and nutrient control is being optimized. Despite these positive developments, profitability still is an issue for many western growers, but not so in emerging urban markets of Asia and A

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Gizaw Legesse A few months ago, we featured an entrepreneur who use plastic bottles to grow vegetables in a semi aquaponic system using Algae as source of nutrients. This member thinks, his project is cost effective, a means for achieving food security, a solution for getting healthy food, and a contribution for environment protection. Personally, I liked the idea - and sure would like to try it home. Dear Bouke, thank you for sharing this, and please take a look at this article about the project I mentioned above: https://agriprofocus.com/post/58c2ca460b34d915e2e9155e

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 March 2017 at 03:46

Grow Vertical: Appreciating the work of Algae

A vertical farm using used plastic bottles as hydroponics

March 3, 2017 (More Pictures)

Ethiopia’s urban population is more than 19.5%, according to 2015 data. One should even more be concerned about the urbanization rate – 4.89%. In a country with food security the first priority, it should be called being conscious to think of options for the future. And Yihun Seid says, “Urban agriculture is inevitable.”

Vertical Farming + (semi) Hydroponic System

You might recall an Article posted here, on AgriProFocus, about one of our member whom I visited his vertical farm made of bamboo structures. Today, I will introduce you another member who constructed a vertical farm in his compound (around Goro, Addis Ababa) while installing a unique hydroponic system by considering not only food security and economic advantages, but also environmental and social values.

Yihun’s vertical vegetable farm rested on 24m2 land, and has four level vertical platforms s

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Yihun Seid First off all I would like to express my gratitude for gizaw and agriprofocus for your concern,your visit to my hydroponic farm and posting what you sow will enevitbly bring partners to impliment my new idea to the intended target.once again thank you Gizaw.yihun seid 0964272152

1 year 9 months ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

1 year 9 months ago

mary madonnah However, it can't be hydroponics if soil is used..

1 year 4 months ago

Cibarani Cibarani Your experience is simply onderful. It may be useful to many women association around here in Jitumu facing land access troubles...

1 year 4 months ago

Yihun Seid thank you Cibarani and Mary for your comment .the thing i make is mearly for improving the urban poors to let them produce clean and ample vegetable four to five times a year where there is limitation of land .in cities like addis ababa production land for vegetable is very little.yes my technology is not purely hydroponic (without soil) the system it uses is like the hydroponic ,not man made chemical fertilizer it is Algae which substitutes the man made fertilizer.the medea they use is still clay type soil material or wheat bran or wood chips made materials.hear the very important thing is cost of operation and construction ,as we know the hydroponic technology reqaures huge investment.the final result is clean and healthy production for consumers,for this i thought this will incourage the low income group of developing countries .  thank you once again for the comments you post..

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 November 2016 at 08:46

Climate Smart Greenhouse Building 

What happens when you take a concept, add a generous amount of seed funding and a dash of well-targeted mentorship to it ?

Chaos…the organised variety, that is.

6 months post-GCARD 3 and the desert greenhouse that I made my YAP proposal about is finally taking shape. Here’s a brief look into its genesis.

Partner Canvassing

There would be no use building the greenhouse if we had no potential customers lined up. Our thoughts on who would make the best early adopters were centred around;

Whether the school was within a drought prone region – to be a candidate, the school would have to either be within an already established feeding program or suffer from the fluctuation of food prices within periods of drought.

Distance from Nairobi and accessibility – a closer site would allow us to make regular visits during the trial period.

Whether the school incorporated Agricultural and Business studies within its curriculum – having the greenhouse would be a unique

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 January 2016 at 09:56

Here is one of two articles about hydroponic fodder for dairy cattle. My conclusion is that it is a very expensive way to feed concentrates to dairy animals.

Anatole Majyambere Let's hear their arguments against this

3 years 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 31 July 2015 at 01:39

Hydroponiscs Greenhouse books great success in first season

Appolinaire is part of the Shape & Lead project of CATALIST-2. He has set up a very innovative Hydroponic greenhouse for potato mini tubers in Musanze, Rwanda. Hydroponic is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. 

Shape & Lead collaborates with BidNetwork, Ejo and AgriProFocus.  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2014 at 03:10