WORK is about to start on the creation of a major training centre for hydroponic gardens in Bahrain where plants can be grown without soil.
The Manama Municipal Council is in the process of finalising the financial costs of the construction of the facility, planned for the Salmaniya Garden.
It has already set aside BD4,000 for the scheme, but is willing to cover additional costs depending on the interest of people in learning about hydroponic gardens.
The facility will include a greenhouse-like structure and a fish tank where fish soil will be moved with water through tubes and distilled on plants and circulated back to the tank.
Council vice-chairman Mohammed Mansoor revealed construction is set to begin within the next month.
“We are now finalising costs of construction and appointing a company to do the work,” he said.
“By the end of this month we should be done and work should only take around three weeks.”
Free workshops on hydroponic gardens are expected to be run after Ramadan, which begins next month.
“Residents will be able to attend workshops on hydroponic gardening as soon as the centre and exhibition are complete,” said Mr Mansoor.
“I think this will only be after Ramadan, seeing the dates change in the holy month.”
Mr Mansoor earlier revealed a specialised company had been assigned to handle hydroponic training and showcasing the centre to the public.
The key aim of introducing hydroponics to Bahrain was to encourage people to plant.
Tamkeen has agreed to fund the scheme, which is believed will provide job-seekers the possibility of exploring new markets and opening new businesses.
Council public relations and information committee chairman Fadhel Al Qaidoom earlier said citizens and residents could visit the council to register for the training.
Bahrain’s five municipal councils are set to introduce the scheme in homes and buildings for free in a bid to generate interest.
The scheme’s launch will be followed by a new municipal obligation that all multi-storey commercial buildings in Manama should have rooftop gardens, with a national law in the process of being drawn up.
Councils believe that this will further help promote green areas and turn Bahrain’s concrete jungles green.
A trial of the scheme held at selected social centres in co-ordination with the Social Development Ministry has already been successfully completed.
via Hydroponic News
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