Consumers are increasingly looking for quality food which is healthy, safe and at the same time cultivated sustainably. Greenhouse hydroponic cultivation already uses water more efficiently than field based production systems. However large amounts of water are still lost in so called ‘open’ systems. Water use efficiency can be significantly improved by collecting drain water and reapplying it to the crop. Grodan, Priva and Groen Agro Control have collaborated to produce The Best Practice Guidelines for Greenhouse Water Management.
The guide has been written to provide greenhouse owners and managers with an overview of current best practice. It can also be used to help train greenhouse employees and as an aid to help businesses answer questions from the general public on water and nutrient management in greenhouse horticulture.
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