Plant Production: Hydroponics

The Purpose of this skills program is to provide learners with a basic understanding as well as application of: Knowledge and skills to plan, prepare and operate a hydroponic system.

Target Audience

The range of typical learners include persons interested in gaining a better understanding of basic agricultural practices and start their own farming enterprise.

Duration

20 Days

Attendees Min./Max.

Minimum of 12 / Maximum of 20

Form of Assessment

Portfolio of Evidence

Formative assessment: Evidence of performance will be collected continuously as Learners progress and will be considered in the final determination of the learners capabilities.

Learning Outcomes

– Planning and Construction of a greenhouse for hydroponics.

– Identify various growing media.

– Demonstrate a basic understanding of different hydroponics production systems.

– Prepare a production area for crop establishment.

– Establish vegetable crops in a hydroponics production unit.

– Maintain vegetable crops in a hydroponic production unit.

– Maintain hygiene / food safety measures in a hydroponics production unit environment.

– Plants are manipulated as per instruction in the hydroponics production system.

– Identify and report basic problems in the production system.

– Apply crop fertilizers and nutrient solutions in a hydroponics production system.

– Prepare nutrient solutions to be used and apply herbicides.

– Operate and perform routine maintenance on equipment and tools.

– Perform quality checks.

– Compile a routine irrigation schedule in a hydroponics production system.

– Monitor insects in a hydroponics production unit.

– Control plant diseases according to different types of diseases.

– Control fungal diseases chemically.

– Maintain pesticide application equipment.

– Harvest different vegetable crops in a hydroponics unit.

– Market crops.