Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hydroponic lettuce is on sale in Port Moresby

Stop N Shop supermarkets in Port Moresby have fresh supplies of home-grown lettuce straight from the hydroponics farm of their mother company, CPL, at Gerehu Stage 6, The National reports.
Lettuce seeds are placed in propagation tubes, put in a germination room until they sprout, and then brought into the open where they are fed nutrients through the hydroponics process until harvested.
The entire process from seed to harvest takes about two months.
Hydroponics supervisor Morea Gau, told The National that the lettuce was then placed in plastic containers and taken to Rainbow, Town, Badili, and Waigani Central Stop N Shop shops.

CPL hydroponics supervisor Morea Gau at the farm at Gerehu Stage 6.-Nationalpic by MALUM NALU
“We started this project in late 2010,” he said.
“We currently only grow lettuce.
“We currently only supply to Stop N Shop shops, however, are thinking of supplying hotels and resource projects as well.
“Hydroponics is the same as normal agriculture, the only difference being that nutrients and acid/alkaline levels are controlled in the tank room using a computer.

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