How Hydroponics Would Benefit Farmers?


With environmental changes like global warming, rising sea levels, floods, cyclones and salinity, farmers who adapt to new forms of agriculture will benefit.


In its quest for sustainable development, Vietnam is dealing with socioeconomic problems, high rates of unemployment and low wages, while contending with natural disasters like the annual typhoon season. Natural disasters destroy farmland and livelihoods. Small amounts of government relief help but are not enough to restore prosperity to farmers, so one disaster or one big flood can set rural communities back for years.


The cost of floods both human and economic are constant realities in central Vietnam. Damage to dwellings, roads, bridges, machinery, embankments, water supplies, wells, businesses, livestock, farms and fisheries have a direct impact on the national economy, stymying growth.


For a long time, urbanization of the countryside was a popular measure of economic development, but in recent times there has been a rethink about the path to progress. The environment has suffered from development and rising sea levels threaten the Mekong Delta.


In April 2008, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a warning that price increases in food are being felt across the world. The UN's position was that hydroponics could provide a source of plentiful, healthy food as the world population grows. Hungry countries could use hydroponic farming to increase production.


Hydroponics would benefit farmers:


  • Generating higher incomes for rural farmers with better income security
  • Opening up land not suited to growing crops
  • Increasing crop yields


Hydroponics farming could provide a sustainable future for the rural areas of Vietnam and provide a model for other areas.