Hanging Gutter System for Strawberry Farming - Smart Farming Technologies
The hanging gutter system was adapted to local conditions and tried across the world.
The containers (troughs) can be of different types.
The recommended substrate is coconut fiber or a mixture of peat and perlite.
It is not feasible to use Polystyrene containers when transport is involved, because of the volume. Rather one should use troughs made of Polypropylene sheets, coloured black on the inside (to avoid mold and algae developing) and white on the outside (for better light utilization, avoiding overheating in the hotter seasons).
The hanging gutter systemallows for achieving the greater density of plant growth.
It also allows workers to easily treat the plants (transplanting, trimming, cleaning up etc.), and harvesting is done differently.
The height of the gutter should match the worker’s average seated height.
Potential improvement: Increasing of the plant growth density
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