Shrinking cropland gives rise to vertical farming systems

Francis Kabiru, a Director at Nairobi-based Miramar International Collage, at the campus’ demo farm.

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Vertical farming, whereby plants, foods and herbal medicines are grown in vertically stacked layers, inclined surfaces or containers using hydroponics or nutrient film techniques, has proved to be one of the most suitable alternatives.

Francis Kabiru, a director at Nairobi-based Miramar International College which offers agriculture-related short courses, says hydroponics uses less water and space than conventional farming while producing a bigger and faster harvest in any climate.

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