Home Hydroponic Business Helps Fulfill Food Needs During Pandemic

Department of Mechanical and Biosystem Engineering (TMB), Faculty of Agricultural Technology IPB University held a webinar with the theme Technology and Business Hydroponics for Hobbies to Grow at Home to Commercial Scale, (26/6). This event aims to enable people to start a business starting from home yards that are of economic value.

IPB University lecturer who is an expert in Hydroponics, Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto had the opportunity to share his knowledge about the development of hydroponic techniques for ordinary people. According to the Rector of IPB University for the 2007-2012 and 2012-2017 periods, home hydroponic businesses can be used as an alternative to support the pattern of meeting the country's food needs, especially during this pandemic.

"The most important element in managing hydroponic plants is environmental control that supports their growth. For example carbon dioxide levels and nutrients. Various planting methods can also be selected according to the capital and ability of farmers. The latest technology such as aquaponic NFT and ebb and flow can also combine integrated cultivation of plants and fish, "he said.

In this millennial era, there is already an artificial neural network that can monitor plant growth and predict the quality of yields. The TMB Department itself has implemented hydroponic plant cultivation which is called a mini plant factory. In addition, IPB University also developed an intelligent control system (internet of things / IoT) for all agricultural activities called Smart Farming.  "We are building an Indonesian hydroponics community that produces a subcontracting and leading company pattern that can overcome a variety of technological and marketing issues," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Ir Nursyamsyu Wahyudin M.Si, President Director of PT Nudira Sumber Indonesia, which is engaged in the hydroponics business in Pangalengan, Bandung, also discussed the prospects for the hydroponic business that he is currently living. In his view as a practitioner, this hydroponic business becomes important because it has many advantages over traditional planting methods. Starting from the efficiency of the place and the provision of nutrition to productivity that can be throughout the year.

"Demand for the world market is also being loved by hydroponic products so that it is very profitable for farmers because the price is relatively more expensive. The scale of the hydroponic business varies from hobby to commercial, which can cost up to one billion rupiah, but the capital will certainly be comparable to the benefits received, "explained Nursamsyu, who has now produced hydroponic plants such as cherry tomatoes, baby cucumbers to strawberries . Nursyamsu also opened a business training class called Nudira Hydroponic Academy for agricultural graduates.

As for Prof. Dr. Aris Purwanto, a lecturer at IPB University who is a Professor in the Department of TMB also shared information about post-harvest hydroponic technology which is one of the crucial things. The results of hydroponic products must have good appearance and are fresh and free from microbes to the rest of pesticides. Therefore, the technique of storing and distributing product yields is very important with efforts to extend the shelf life of the product because of its perishability. Handling can start from the right time of harvest, good packaging, to protect the product from dirt and physical contact.

Meanwhile, Ir Agus Wicaksono, CEO and Co-Founder of the ALUMNIA fintech company shared crowd funding or funding for the hydroponics business. He said that funding for hydroponic farmers was funded based on the crowdfunding blockchain-based "equity" method, where the main investors were individuals. Due to high market interest, funding for the hydroponics business has also increased. However, prospective users must have a good credit history. 




Published Date : 29-Jun-2020

Resource Person : Prof Herry Suhardiyanto

Keyword : IPB University, Hydroponics, Prof. Herry Suhardiyanto, Department of Mechanical and Biosystem Engineering, IPB lecturer