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Indonesia: Cultivating Plants Using Hydroponics
Urban communities have little land to grow food. Therefore, in 2021, the Synod of the Indonesian Protestant Church in Luwu (GPIL) started to develop plant cultivation using a hydroponic system. Hydroponics is a form of hydroculture where plants get their nutrients through water rather than soil as they normally do. Hydroponic systems are very space-saving and can also be arranged vertically.
Two-month pilot trial
As early as 2021, the GPIL started the first trial phase of the new cultivation system and it provided two harvests a year. The period from planting the seedlings to harvesting lasted two months. After an evaluation by agriculture students, the system was further improved and made more practical.
The vegetables produced will not only serve the self-sufficiency of congregation members in the city of Palopo but will also be sold to GPIL congregations in the surrounding region. In addition to growing food, the Luwu Church secretariat in Palopo will also become a centre for selling the required components for the hydroponic system. The cultivation system will be set up on site so that it can later be used as a training centre to promote the cultivation method.
The flexibility of location makes hydroponics attractive in urban areas as well as in warm/dry regions of the world.
Practical phase 2023 and 2024
The hydroponic system will be set up at the secretariat of the Luwu Church. After preparing the land, the hydroponic greenhouse will be built and the water system installed. This will allow congregations who are interested in this method to obtain information from a central location and learn how to use the system. As of 2024, training will be offered to congregation members in Palopo.
However, the most important goal of the project is to produce food for congregation members living in the city of Palopo who do not have enough land for cultivation. They can then provide for themselves and earn an additional income by selling their home-grown vegetables.
To operate the hydroponic system, the GPIL also draws on the experience of the Christian Church in South Sulawesi (GKSS). The GKSS is also a member church of the EMS and this cooperation is another example of exchanging and learning from one another within the international fellowship.
We are pleased to hear that you are interested in this project. If you have any general questions, please use the contact form below. We are also happy to help you personally if you have any questions or require further information – by phone or by E-mail.
Djoko P. A. Wibowo
Liaison Secretary Indonesia
+49 711 636 78 -36
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