Bill Morse came up with the idea for the hydroponics project during the Corona pandemic that affected villagers, as he moved from distributing free rice and food to needy villagers to the horticulture and hydroponics on land donated in villages all over the country, which will enable the villagers to farm, build water parks and raise fish so they can feed themselves and sell the extra in the local markets.
Bill Morse, Owner of Together Project said “Behind me, you can see our hydroponics plant. This came as part of the pandemic. We started feeding people and we were giving them food and we were giving them more food and we continue to give them food and then we figure there’s got to be a better way to do it. So now we are building a hydroponic program. We’re going to put these up on donated land in villages around the country. People will grow the food, they will feed themselves and they will take the excess and they will sell it to the local markets. As the tourist industry comes, back people can sell it to the hotels There’s a big demand here for organic food and the profits from that will be split between the village that grows the food and the together project who will buy the food from everybody and sell it to the villages. So we’re gonna be doing this, we’re going to be doing netted gardens. And we’re going to be doing Aquaponics. The Aquaponics lets us grow fish that we can sell and then we can use the fish poop for fertilizer. We’re doing hydroponics and above-ground gardens. We can get a lot of better food here, get a lot of organic food here and we can grow crops here very quickly. Today we are planting today bok choy.
Moutsaiy Agronomist at the Royal University of Phnom Penh said, “The planting cycle for our hydroponic system begins today, April 25th, and the harvest will be available on May 25th. We plant crops in a netted house for two reasons: first, to minimize insects (bacteria), and second, since we don’t grow in the ground, we save water. Growing vegetables on the water, we may use the water leftover from the vegetation to water other outside vegetables like bananas or guavas. When we harvest the vegetables that we grow on the water, we’ll send it to people who have been detained as a result of Covid-19, and we’ll give it to farmers to eat.”
Source: A24 News Agency