In Japan, the soilless or hydroponic farming method is increasing in popularity.
GV Model farm in Aichi prefecture. (4 SHOTS)
SVs Tomatoes cultivated by hydroponics. (6 SHOTS)
CU Seeds spread on polyester sponge for germination. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Seedlings planted out in sponge base. (4 SHOTS)
CU & SVs Planted out in sponge base. (2 SHOTS)
SV TILT DOWN Fish farming in water supply of hydroponic farm. (3 SHOTS)
CVs Seedling trays stacked to show efficient use of space. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Plant machinery. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Harvested plants and vegetables. (3 SHOTS)
GV Hydroponic farm.
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Background: In Japan, the soilless or hydroponic farming method is increasing in popularity. This revolutionary method which depends on fresh water enriched with minerals is clean and efficient since there is no earth involved. It only takes one day to set up a hydroponic farm from pre-fabricated units which include computerised temperature control equipment. Inside, seeds are germinated on polyester beds. When they have grown into seedlings they are transferred to beds of polyester sponge. Plants grown by this method develop in half the normal time and are not dependent on seasonal weather. Tomato plants yields crops after seven weeks and continue to produce for up to four years. The inventive Japanese make the fullest use of all available space, they also farm fish in the fresh water supply under the plants. Other crops such as melons and cucumbers and grown by the hydroponic method, and over 60 per cent of Japan's scallions are cultivated by this method.