NGS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE MAR MENOR (small sea in Spain)
An innovative soilless cultivation technique that reuses drains appears as an alternative to the lack of water in the area of Cartagena, Spain.
Recirculating hydroponics allows savings of between 50 and 80% in water and fertilizers and also serves as an ally in the preservation of the Mar Menor area.
Recirculating hydroponics, an innovative soilless cultivation technique that reuses irrigation water, is making its way as a solution to the lack of water throughout the Southeast part of Spain and especially, in the Cartagena area. The future is not in looking for more water, but in doing more with what is available.
The fruit and vegetable producers in the Cartagena area, are of the most advanced at technological forefront of the country as a whole, not only have to face the uncertainty that surrounds the availability of water, both in volume and in calendar, but they also struggle for maintaining its hegemony in terms of quality and sustainability.
In fact, the EU regulations have been reinforced from the environmental point of view to contribute to the preservation of the Mar Menor, one of the most unique natural environments in the world.
The recirculating hydroponics developed by New Growing Systems (NGS) prevents leachate from irrigation in the soil, so that the impact on the Mar Menor ecosystem is nul, an insurmountable condition in other cultivation alternatives applicable in all fields
This technical innovation improves efficiency in the use of water by combining hydroponics -soilless cultivation- with the recovery and reuse of generated drain, such as with the NGS system.
The water circulates in a closed circuit that passes through the roots of the plants,the nutrients dissolved in the water nourish the crop, then is readjusted and reused. This is cost savings in addition to zero environmental impact on the soil.
NGS sources explained that water and fertilizers savings is between 50% and 80% compared to conventional cultivation. At the same time, it is applicable to large areas, both outdoors and in greenhouses, this is not an experimental technology, but rather widely tested in many countries.
In the case of leafy products, the number of production cycles per year is increased, thanks to the elimination of dead times between cycles (it can be planted immediately after harvesting).
NGS, a company that was born in the Southeastern Spain in the fruit and vegetable sector, has its roots in production and therefore understands the reality and needs of producers. These are solutions created by farmers for farmers.
The company indicated that the regional fruit and vegetable sector "needs to focus its energies on transforming itself internally, adopting new technologies to ensure that water is no longer a limiting factor in its business. Eliminating water dependencies on third parties, while achieving higher yields per surface area with sustainability and food safety.
In the last 15 years, NGS has developed a series of exclusive and patented technologies, both in hydroponics and in greenhouses and, recently, in the industrialization of cultivation processes, which it commercializes all over the world.