The practice of soilless culture is anticipated to grow higher in the near future with the benefits of higher yield and lower water consumption that it displays over conventional agriculture methods. With the inconsistent nutritional and physical properties of natural soil, often restraining potential agricultural yields, farmers and greenhouse operators are displaying greater preference towards soil-free agricultural practices, which are ideal for areas where soil conditions are poor and reclamation of the land is not practical.
As per a recent report by Future Market Insights on the global soilless culture market, systems such as liquid-medium and nutrient-flow, and gravel bed techniques are witnessing rising use in countries across the globe including Japan, Holland, South Korea, Ukraine, and Poland. Methods inclusive of hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics are gaining interest in various regions as well.
“The growing interest in organic and biologic food production has created opportunities of growth for the soilless culture market. While organic agriculture is regulated very stringently by certifying bodies, to not be carried out above ground level, cultivators are looking to biological farming certifications that provide similar organic nutritional value, and pest control measures as that of organic crops, while inorganic materials are kept to negligible levels, without the use of a soil substrate. This is expected to boost the popularity of biological soilless culture systems.” Senior Analyst, FMI.
Concentrated Interest on Hydroponics Owing to Cost Effectiveness; Operators Focus on Developing Cultivation Methods for Wider Range of Crops
The hydroponics market is rapidly gaining favor across the globe as the methods has displayed great promise in economical usage of water and fertilizer resources, with ideal growth environment for vegetables, and its easy usage even in drought weather conditions.
Health threats posed by pathogens that infect crops are also creating a growing demand for the controlled pathogen free environment, usually available in hydroponic facilities. Currently, the global market of hydroponics can be largely segregated on the type of crop being grown, including peppers, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, and cucumber, among others.
Lettuce in particular is gaining in terms of cultivation, owing to the growing demand from urban consumers. Moreover, lettuce is finding use in a growing number of recipes, which is creating a demand from restaurants as well.
While space and design constraints, currently restrict the hydroponics market to the cultivation of only limited vegetable types, strong research activity is expected to widen the scope of the cultivars that will be used in hydroponics in the near future.
Europe is expected to hold a strong lead in terms of global market share, owing to the development of advanced agriculture methods for better crop yields. Growing awareness of negative greenhouse impact on agriculture is also pushing for the use of hydroponics in the region. This growth of the market is also witnessing rapid adoption in North America, owing to the increasing number of vegetables that can be grown in this method, thereby boosting the growth of the hydroponics market.
The FMI study offers several actionable insights on the companies operating in the hydroponics market along with a detailed assessment of some key opportunities in the market.
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