YAP Proposal #98: Grow your plants without soil (Ogbole Samson, Nigeria)

I am Ogbole Samson, 33 years of age residing in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. I am a Biochemistry graduate from Igbinedion University, currently running masters in Biochemistry (specialty in drug metabolism and toxicology) with University of Ibadan and also Common Wealth of Nations MBA with National Open University of Nigeria, Victoria Island Lagos. I work with Yam Improvement for Income and Food security in West Africa (YIIFSWA), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Oyo state. I grow plants without the use of soil – and grow them in the air/misty environment instead. This process is referred to as aeroponics.

It is no secret that a young Nigerian isn’t interested in agriculture because being called a farmer is seen as degrading. With the fall in oil prices, there is a great need for the diversification of the economy and agriculture remains the greatest weapon in this time of economic pitfall. Working with YIIFSWA, IITA, I was introduced to the aeroponics system as a corps member for a year and I have been in charge of the aeroponics system for yam for two years.

I wish to train, set-up and help maintain the aeroponics system on a small and large scale for vegetables, flowers and fruits. My choices of crops are motivated by what is needed for a healthy growth and yet has remained elusive to those who need it the most.

The price of land is going astronomical as civilization and farmers are at logger heads for limited land. There is also the need for diversification for the economy with the oil prices going down; crime is on the rise with people losing their white-collar jobs. With the aeroponics system, aside from the obvious reasons for aeroponics cultivation such as: reduced use of water, planting anytime of the season, reduced use of insecticides and pesticides, able to plant in previously untillable areas, faster plant cycles, there is also the attraction of generation of income, automated systems for reduced labour and an opportunity for everyone to practice basic agricultural practices for healthier crops for better life.

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In addition I will also introduce the use of organic fertilizer for those who prefer organically grown plants. The death-age has reduced drastically in the country from 120years to 70years-80years interval despite the better hospitals as compared to our forefathers. The reason isn’t far-fetched as it has to do with deterioration in our feeding habits. We have become starved of fresh foods, but with aeroponics system that can fit inside the house, we can at least produce fresh vegetables for our consumption, have flowers in our sitting rooms for cleaner and fresher air.

Aeroponics system will ensure food security, increase health, diversify economy and increase revenue via exportation of agricultural produce. The aeroponics system will also be beneficial not just for Nigerians but for Africa even in areas predominantly deserts as this ensures plants can be grown anywhere irrespective of weather and soil type.

I will be using local materials basically for the construction of aeroponics system for small and large scale farmer. The principle is simple – a timer, pump, nutrient tank, plant chamber/support system and timer.

Firstly, I will through my social and PR platforms meet with both individuals, private and public organizations as well as agricultural NGOs for establishment of aeroponics systems.  I shall also conduct training sessions on how to set-up aeroponics systems and also maintain the systems.

Secondly I will go to secondary schools to introduce the system to the schools, and also establish a small system for the school. The school will be charged a token for this demonstration and establishment of bucket-aeroponics systems with tomatoes. These trainings shall be done during Parent-Child meetings of the schools so that both the students and parents get to know about the systems and the benefits. I have penciled 10 schools in Lagos state from which I will begin the introduction of the systems already such as Greensprings School, Corona Schools, etc.

I have introduced people via social media on the aeroponics technology, the importance and the need for diversification of the economy. (facebook – Sreach aeroponics www.facebook.com/groups/440513576154546/ – open group and www.facebook.com/ogbole.samson and also on twitter @Gsreachliteracy with 412 followers). I have built a small 20 liters bucket size aeroponics system model that can grow 5 plants.

Having worked in the aeroponics systems for 3 years (1 year as a corps member and 2 years as a technician in charge of the system) I have in this period: developed best nutrient combination for shooting/canopy formation for yam and tuberization of yam, trained staffs of both private and public institutes such as National Roots Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Biocrops Center, Abuja etc, established aeroponics system in Umudike and Abuja, production of seed yams from vine cutting from the aeroponics system, increased effectiveness and efficiency in the yam aeroponics system in IITA.

I will use the money in the following way:

To build models for presentations and tool box ($2,100),

Projector – to aid explanation/presentation ($500),

Banner and 2000 glossy pamphlets ($1,000),

Generator, Inverter and battery ($1,000), and

Miscellaneous – transport, printing etc ($400).

Sustainability:

Every school visited will be charged $1,000 for the presentation and an aeroponics models. I also intend to visit religious organizations, restaurants and relaxation centers – as the cost of producing their vegetables is cheaper and healthier than importing.

In the first 3 months, I will be building capacity and from the 4th month to 6th month of operation, I will be able to service at least 5 schools monthly, would have built he system for at least 6 families and in the construction process for 3 companies.

In a year, I will be able to employ at least 10 more hands, cover more schools, build for more families and partner with companies for construction of screen houses to ensure quick delivery.

By March 31st, 2017, aeroponics would have been integrated well into the mainframe of agriculture for subsistence production of vegetables, gardening flowers, certified clean seed production and also commercial production of crops.

The staff strength under me should be at least 10, and also we would have empowered 20 youths who wish to own their systems, 200 families with the aeroponics system, 60 secondary schools with functional aeroponics systems, established a clean tomatoes seed farmer and 3 commercial aeroponics systems owned by private organization or agricultural NGOs.

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282 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #98: Grow your plants without soil (Ogbole Samson, Nigeria)

      1. Very innovative and a necessary initiative to help us in our drive against importing almost everything. It will also provide employment for our people and the needed income from exports. Good one

  1. Sam Otto.. . As I call you.. . You are a blessing to your generation.. A bright mind who needs the support of all of us… More power to your elbow sir

  2. With the dwindling price of crude oil & seeing as Agriculture is the way forward. I support Samson Ogbole’s growing of plants without soil.
    U don’t need large space as even families can have mini gardens, also one gets to feed as that is one of the basic necessity of life.
    He has shown how he will introduce this method to high schools & I see others tapping & learning from him. This is a good innovation & necessary in Nigeria.

    1. Very simple, i will teach everyone interested how to make the liquid fertilizer either from animal or plant source to do organic farming and for those who want inorganic, we shall use soluble organic fertilizers such ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate, fetrilon c etc to get all the fertilizers needed

  3. This is an awesome technology that will boost our agricultural sector with all year round produce. Nice work Samson.

    1. Thank you sir K. Please join facebook group (sreach aeroponics) and also follow this blog. This way you get to know more about aeroponics system and also dates/venues for training on aeroponics system. Thank you sir

  4. This is a nice concept and of a truth this is what we need in Nigeria as youths. Its a good research resources to tap into.

    1. Thank you sir. Yes it is also a good technology for research to also improve the food quality we eat

  5. Aeroponics! great idea from a great person. you are supported already by me. now i have more interest in Agriculture

  6. This is a new approach to research world. It will be highly rewarding to agricultural development in our country.

  7. An innovative mindset of a talented young man like you is what this nation drastically needs to propel the much awaited change.

  8. One thing I love about this technology is the ease to practice agriculture in urban areas where arable land have become either a scarce or high-valued resource. I commend you on the initiative to spread this technology, especially at a time when agriculture is seen as an integral part in diversifying our economy. This technology will indeed aid food security in Nigeria.

    1. Mr. Alex you are right, this will ensure everyone irrespective of where you are can practice agriculture easily. Thank you sir

  9. Samson, this is fantastic. I wish this technology could be made available to farmers in rural areas. keep this idea streaming.

    1. With adequate investors or government interest, the rural farmers can also operate the technology as the system is automated so that everyone can use the system easily either at subsistence or commercial level

  10. One advantage I love about this technology is the ease to practice agriculture in urban areas where arable land have become either a scarce or high-valued resource. I commend you on the initiative to spread this technology, especially at a time when agriculture is seen as an integral part of improving our economy.

    1. Thank you sir, together we shall reach greater heights and leave a Nigeria generations unborn can be proud of

  11. Yes. Good thinking good, good product. Agriculture is the corner-stone for Nigeria economy. We must reckon to Agricultural production with this State – of – the – arts technology in order to grow our economy.
    Thank you.

    1. You are very right about the strategic position agriculture holds in the nations economy. Thank you sir

  12. Yes. Good thinking, good product. Agriculture is the corner-stone for Nigeria economy. We must reckon to Agricultural production with this State – of – the – arts technology in order to grow our economy.
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you. You can follow us on twitter @Gsreachliteracy or on facebook “sreach aeroponics” for more information or contact via mail

  13. A brand new way to farm, this gives me hope that Nigerian Youths have a bright future ahead. …Go ahead Sampson Sir, and God Bless You plenty

  14. One advantage of this technology is the ease at which agriculture can be practiced in urban areas, where land have become either a scarse or high-value resource. This technology indeed will aid food security in Nigeria, especially at this moment when agriculture is seen as a key component to improving our economy. I commend you for the initiative.

  15. A. Really good concept…a major leap to alleviate unemployment and generate income and self dependence. Wish our NGOs could see this and invest in your research.. cudos bro we go see to talk in camera

    1. I am pushing and soliciting for help to push on different social platforms such that everyone is aware of the technology (including the NGOs) to rejuvenate our economy and ensure healthier living. Thank you

  16. This is one of the best innovative technology Nigeria will be embarking on in the nearest future…I’m totally out for this how do I become a part of this?

    1. Make plans to attend trainings which will be announced on revival media platform so you can own your own farm planting vegetables or seeds of your choice. Thanks for showing interest

    1. Thank you sir. I intend to embark on a nationwide campaign to demonstrate so that everyone gets to know about the technology and even be able to have one in the house at the very least if not for commercial use. It will be announced on our social media platform

    1. Thank you. Please go through various posts on Facebook (sreach aeroponics) group and any further question, I am available to answer. Also make plans to attend seminar and training sections to be announced soon on the social media platform

  17. this a good innovation, a good technological research, a way to provide food security for Nigeria and in the long run create strong revenue for the nation, and something we young Nigerians can always be proud of , thank you Samson Ogbole

  18. This is the Next Generation Farming all hands must be on deck to ensure we transfer the skills to the Prrsent & next generation. I wish you all the Best.

    1. Thank you Mr. Emmanuel. We can also with this technology cultivate the habits of everyone having a garden

  19. Nice innovation. our country really needs this,as we can no longer depend on oil it’s time to go back to farming.

    1. You are very correct, there is need for diversification of the economy for sustenable development

  20. Lovely Idea, Amazing concept with awesome Technology….. to having Healthier Agricultural produce (Farm in style).. How soon would this come to my community..

    1. I am making plans to ensure every community is covered however I need more hands. Those willing to be trained on the technology are welcomed. Anyone interested can send a mail or make contact via the social platform. So rather than wait for me to bring the technology, you become the agent who introduces the technology to your community. I am also available to come train if you are willing to organise a training session your community so that together we empower the community. Nigeria is a big country and alone I cant make much impact

  21. I just can’t stop nodding in support of this novel idea by this phenomenal personality. Privileged to know you from a close range. Though so simple but very bright and super creative. Sam, this is an air of hope that in the shortest possible time serious-minded youths in this part of the world would be unchained from the embarrassment of unemployment and the modern day slavery of many of our so called employers through this mechanism. For the interest of other youths you have at heart, you will go places even beyond the borders of your expectations. Keep the trail blazing my friend. You have my full support. So proud of you.

    1. Thank you Mr. Samuel. Beyond job creation, eating healthy and having a better standard of life is also a dream of mine. Providing food isn’t just enough neither just creating or generating income but to ensure we don’t poison ourselves thus robbing Peter to pay Paul. I believe in a country predominantly committed to green vegetables, we can diversify our vegetables to add more colours, nutrients and quality. The best drug for man remains food. This is the vision, healthy food, food security, job creation and revenue for the nation

  22. This is a brilliant initiative. There is no excuse of getting our hands dirty while farming. I am beginning to dream of the efficiency and ease of this technology. This is worthy!!! God bless you Samson

    1. Thank you sir. This is “white collar” farming. A farmer in the 21st century, leveraging on technology

  23. This is a brilliant initiative. There is no excuse for getting our hands dirty in the course of farming, which is a way of feeding the nation. I am beginning to dream of the efficiency and ease of this technology. God bless you Samson

  24. Innovative, just what resource poor African farmers need to boost agricultural productivity. My concern though is related to how sustainable this invention can be in dry and arid places. Also will our largely uneducated African farmers be really able to practice this? Considering that the process of feeding nutrients is planned/timed, unlike the conventional dependence on rainfall and nature…

    1. In dried or arid places, this technology ensures normal agricultural practices like crop production can occur. A very deep borehole will be needed to get water or water could be brought to the system in tankers, however since the system conserves water, for 2000 plantlets of yam, 1000liters will last for at least a month (data exist to prove this).
      Once a farmer decides to practice this technology correctly, they will on their own prefer this to traditional farming eg irish potatoes from the system will produce 100 seeds per plant, and first harvest is 2 months after planting and subsequent harvest is every 15 days, thus for a year, the farmer will harvest 2200 irish potatoes seeds from 1 plant as compared to 15-20 from the ground. The cycle of production is also faster eg tomatoes takes about 60 – 70 days normally but with this system, it takes 30-35days thus increasing number of cycles per year and increasing harvest for the farmer.
      The feeding of the system is automated and thus the farmer needs not worry about turning on and off the feeding system, the timer takes care of that. Once it is time for feeding, the system will come on on its own with the help of the timer and goes off at designated time,
      For the preparation of nutrient, i am going to teach the farmer and also supply the farmer with already prepared nutrient solution in kegs, so that to use for the aeroponics system, it will be to add a cup of solution to the tank or drum of water such that the process is very easy for the farmer.
      I will also demonstrate and make pamphlets in the local dialects with enough picture on these processes.
      For use of the system, the farmer only needs to add a cup to the tank of water and let the system take care of itself

  25. Great project initiative. If handled properly it would no doubt go a long way in solving some economic problems.

    1. Thank you. I intend to undergo every available training and also work with the best minds to ensure the potential on paper is translated to reality and everyone gets to benefit from the enomous potentials

  26. Thanks to everyone who has dropped a comment, i appreciate your support. Please help tell family and friends to also drop a comment, together we can reposition Nigeria to live up to its potential

  27. Sam,am just wowed. Making farming more tech with little or nothing. With minds like you,the world is on the right part. With the economic meltdown,Climate change etc.This is what is needed. I am interested in the project. Wish our Government will support you to make Nigeria great again. #PatronizeAeroponicsToGrowNaira. Nice one bro

    1. Thank you sir. To be a part of the project either at subsistence or commercial level, just send an email to ogbolesamson@gmail.com or sreachaeroponics@gmail.com or send a message via facebook (sreach aeroponics group) detailing: the size of system needed (and available space to place it), type of plant(s), and number of plants… i will send a quotation.
      However, if you wish to organise a seminar, forward the date, venue and capacity and i will be available to demonstrate and explain what aeroponics is about
      Thank you sir

  28. This is a great invention because with the decline in our economic, bringing back agricultural practices in a whole new dimension will boost the economy to a greater strength/height.

  29. This is a really innovative way to drive agriculture forward, the amazing thing is that it can be done anywhere! Great thinking!

    1. Thank you Omene. Yes – it can be done anywhere like you correctly pointed out – outdoors or indoors, it can be used for nutritional growth or ornamental growing (flowers). it is freedom at the click of a button

  30. It’s awesome Bro. It’s shows that Our Country and the world at large will have less dependent on oil but farming at the easiest way.More economical. This is the project the world need now in the period of economic meltdown and climate change.Am proud of you Sam. #SupportAeroponicsToGrowNaira

    1. Thank you sir. I am working hard and smart, networking to ensure the aeroponics technology isnt just a system for a selected few but everyone irrespective of class, race, religion, tribe, creed etc. Thank you Lamin. Please help spread the word

    1. Thanks for the comment. maintenance is very cheap.
      For the subsistence user, maintenance include: checking nutrient level and sprinklers so they dont block.
      For commercial systems, maintenance include: check nutrient level, sprinklers and filters not to block.
      For a system with about 2,000 plants, less than 10,000 will be used for nutrient for a year. This cost is drastically reduced if the farmer decided to go organic. Other cost would be water if in a place water needs to be bought. 1,000 liters of water will serve for a month at least with 2000 plants on the system.

  31. This is a great initiative, breaking barriers in agriculture. Keep soaring Bro. Will like to get more updates too.

    1. Thank you ma. Please for regular updates, sign up with facebook and join Sreach aeroponics group, also follow this blog (gfar.net) to get update on progress and impact.

  32. wow! this project is out of the usual and 100% feasible too, its an excellent innovation. weldone Mr Samson. can you add the vision to make it available for every home; i see every home having an aeroponics system that produce enough for their need of vegetables. i will be glad to work with you on archiving it. weldone again sir.

    1. Thank you Mr. Micheal. Please indicate the capacity you would wish to work with me, as i will be honoured in whatever capacity you avail yourself sir.
      The vision is to ensure every home has a system to at least produce vegetables for the house, this will however require empowering lots of people to take charge of local governments, states etc, as i know alone i cant archive much, Thank you sir

  33. This will encourage soooo many youths to venture int agriculture “white collar farming” we don’t want to get our hands dirty…..im waiting on this.

    1. thank you Oyin (smiles), yes this is white collar farming…a chance to practice agriculture without having to deal with the dirt associated with farming.

  34. Nice initiative overall. But it would appear to be somewhat costly to maintain. Apart from non-use of land, what other benefits does this system of farming have. Because, if you ask me, land is not exactly a barrier to farming in the country. Low productivity is. The distribution of Nigeria’s labour force still show more than enough people to be engaged in agriculture and equally large area of land in use, with many more farmland still untouched. For this reason, I would like to know how this system increases productivity. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Mr. Taiwo. Some of the benefits include:
      1. Delivers nutrients directly to the plant roots
      2. Completely programmable technology conserves energy
      3. Closed-loop system conserves water
      4. Conserves water through runoff absorption into roots
      5. Moisture control for better plant growth
      6. Planting can be done anytime of the season
      7. Crops are easier to harvest in the absence of soil
      8. Higher density crops optimizes output
      9. Reduce labor cost through automation
      10. Produces higher quality food in a controlled environment
      11. Reduced risk of disease and pest infestation in a controlled environment
      12. No need to immerse immerse roots in water (hydroponics) which offers more control
      13. Roots are provided with better exposure to oxygen
      14. Scalable systems can range from commercial level to apartment-sized gardens
      15. Produces more food with less effort
      16. Harvest can be done anytime of the season
      17. Increased level of flavannoids which improves antioxidant activities
      18. It will also help the farmer grow plants previously ungrowable in their areas eg someone in Lagos can grow apples by putting the system in the house and using air conditioners
      19. Plants do not need to compete for nutrient and thus there is optimum growth for plants
      20. It leaves no dirts at the end of the day

      Aside the above, there is reduced use of pesticides and fungicides, you can decide to go full scale organic farming. Even in areas where there is abundant land, we can go for vertical aeroponics which would maximize the use of land eg 1 square meter of land (one ceiling board) will contain about 4 yams on the field but on aeroponics can take between 36 to 121 yams (wish i could add picture to this comment to show this), it will contain about 25 lettuce vegetables on the field but with aeroponics system, it can contain at least 100 or it can be made vertical such that it contains more!

      Aeroponics system also circumvents the issue of infertile lands, or lands being over used due to yearly cropping. In areas like Lagos, Portharcourt and Abuja metropolis where land is golden, inhabitants of such areas can practice in-door agriculture in their veranda, kitchen, garage etc. They are afforded the chance to at least plant vegetables for the house hold

      Aside these, the farmer doesn’t need to prepare land, no weeds to deal with, reduced human input and all of these will mean reduced cost of production and thus increase the income of the farmer and the price of selling such products eg a pumpkin farmer will need to prepare the farm land (weeding, fertilizer etc) plant, and continue to weed at regular intervals while applying pesticides to warn of diseases. An aeroponics colleague would just set up the system, plant and just make nutrient only when needed, not having to worry about weeding, pesticides etc. The following year, the land farmer starts again from scratch but the aeroponics farmer need not worry about setting up the system or re-planting as records has shown with yam (yam can stay on the system for 3 years with continuous harvest YIIFSWA, IITA, Ibadan).

      On productivity increase for the farmer, the plants receive optimum nutrient, better oxygen (aeration) and this would also increase productivity as plants are known to have faster cycle in the aeroponics system. With the astronomical growth of Nigeria’s population and dwindling oil prices, this is a technology that can meet the demand of feeding the nation and also have enough left overs to sell to increase revenue for the nation.

      I do hope i was able to answer your questions Sir to satisfaction, please do ask further questions if any still remains unattended to. Thank you

  35. This is an amazing idea. It’s wonderful to see such an interesting technique of farming. So proud of you Samson.

  36. Bright idea. Kudos, bro.
    Can you grow the grass the Fulanis need to graze their cows? I don’t think we should import when we have people like you here!

    1. Thank you sir. 100% yes, it can grow grass
      These are plants grown so far on the aeroponics system

      African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha), Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei), Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), Arrowhead vine (Syngonium sp.), Angelona (Begonia sp.), Aspen (Tremuloides tremulinoides), Azalea (Rhododendron sp.),
      Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila sp.), Balsam (Impatiens sp.), Banana Bush (Michelia figo), Basil (Ocimum basilicum & others), Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis), Bean (Leguminosae), Beets (Beta vulgaris), Begonia (Begonia sp.), Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), Birch (Betula sp.), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria), Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei), Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea sp.), Boxwood (Buxus sp.), Brassia (Brassia sp.), Broccoli (B. oleracea v.italica), Bridal Veil (Gibasis geniculata),
      Candle Plant (Plectranthus oertendahlii), Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), Carrot (Daucus carota), Ceanothus (Ceanothus intergerimus), Cherry Bush (Prunus sp.), Cherry Northstar (Prunus sp.), Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia), Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergaera bridgii), Christmas Pride (Ruella macrantha), Chrysanthemum (C. morifolium), Coleus (Coleus sp.), Cottonwood (Populus angustifolia), Creeping Charlie (Plectranthus australis), Croton (Codiaeum sp.), Cuphea (Cuphea hissopifolia), Currant (Ribes inerme), Cypress (Cupressus arizonic), Cypress (Cupressus leylandii), Dogwood (Cornus alba), Dogwood (Cornus florida), Dracaena (Dracaena sp.), Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia sp.), Egg-Plant (Solanum melongena), English Ivy (Hedera heli cus.), Eucalyptus (Camaldulensis sp.), False Aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima), Fittonia (Fittonia sp.), Fourwing Saltbush (Atriple canescens), Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata), Frosty (Episcia cupreata), Fuchsia (Fuchia hybrida), Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides), Geranium (Pelargonium sp.), German Ivy (Senecio mikanoides), Gold Dust Plant (Codiaem aucubaefolium), Golden Maple (Abutilon hybrida), Golden Pothos (Scinadapsus aureus), Grape Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia), Grapes (Vitus labrusca), Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus), Green Santolina (Santolina sp), Hemp (Cannablis Sativa), Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.), Holly (Hoya carnosa), Hyb. Tea Roses (Hybrid Tea sp.), Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium peltatum), Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum), Jacob’s Coat (Alternantsera versicolor), Jade Plant (Crassula argentea), Japanese Birch (BetulaAlbo senensis), Japanese Spurge (Jachysandra terminalis), Jasmine (Jasminum sp.), Jojoba (ojoba), Juniper (Juniperus chinensis sp.),
      Kiwi (Actinida chinensle), Koa (Leucaene latisiqua), Laceflower Vine (Episcia dianthiflora), Leather Peperomia (Peperomia crassofolia), Lettuce (Romaine & Iceberg), Lilac (Syringa vulgaris), Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus), Mahonia (Mahonia sp.), Maple (Acer spp.), Manazanita (Manazanita sp.), Maranta (Maranta sp.), Miniature Roses (Rosa sp.), Mints (Labiatae), Moon Valley (Pilea depressa v. imperial.), Mtn. Magohany (Cercocarpus montanus),
      Oak (Quercus wislizenii), Olive (Olea europaea), Onion (Allium cepa), Orchid (Dendrobium), Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale), Ornamental Cherry (runus sp.), Ornamental Fig (Ficus benjamina),
      Panix (Pani sp.), Peach (Prunus persica), Pear (Pyrus sp.), Peperomia (Peperomia sp.), Peppers (Capsicum sp.), Persian Violets (Eacum affine), Philodendron (Philodendron sp.), Piggy-back Plant (Tolmiea menziesii), Pilea (Pilea sp.), Plectranthus (Plectranthus purpu), Plum (Pyrus sp.), Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrim), Potato (Solanum tuberosum), Pothos (Epipremnum aureus), Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura), Princess Astrid (Peperomia orba), Purple Passion (Gynura bicolor),
      Raspberry (Rubus sp.), Red Ivy (Hemigraphis colorata), Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea), Redwood coastal (Sequia semperuvirens), Rhododendron (Rhododendron sp.), Rice (Oryza sativa), Roses (Fortuniana cv.), Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), Rub. Rabbitbrush (Chrysotsamnus nauseosus), Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica cvs.), Russian Olive (Eleagnus angustifolia),
      Sage (Salvia officinalis), Shrimp Plant (Beloperone guttata), Shrub Cinquetail (Potentilla fruticosa), Snowberry (Symphorocarpus), Spider Plant (Chlorphytum comosum), Spinach, Spruce (Picea sp.), Squash, acorn (Cucurbitus sp.), Strawb. Geranium (Saxifragia stolonigfera), Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus australis),
      Tarragon (Temisia dracunculus), Ti Plant (Cordyline terminalis), Tomato (Lycopersicum lycopersicom), Trout Begonia (Begonia x argenteo-guttata), Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alternifolia),
      Var. Philo. Leaf (Peperomia scandens), Var. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica), Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii), Velvet Plant (Gynura aurantiaca),
      Wandering Jew (Tradiscantia fluminensis), Wax Currant (Ribes cereum), Wax Ivy (Senecio macroglosus), Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina), Wheat (Triticum aestivum), Wild Rose (Rosa woodsii), Willow Shrub (Sali sp.), Yam (Dioscorea sp. and Cayenensis), Yew (Taxus spp.), Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium hortorum), Zucchini (Cucurbitus sp.)

      I will be working on banana and plantain next!

  37. This couldn’t have come at a better time. I just wish above everything that you win so you can carry out this dream that will be very beneficial to mankind and not just Nigeria alone.

  38. Exactly what the agricultural sector needs. Efficient, effective and reliable. No risk associated.

    1. You are so on point sir, you have summarized its benefits/advantages in a nutshell. Thank you sir

  39. Great work
    Nice innovation, is time for the old men in this country to give room for young minds to bring a breakthrough in this country.

    I Have never seen anything like this, you should be given minister for agriculture my brother.

    All the best.

    1. Thank you (smiles @ Minister of Agriculture). It isn’t about taking over but working together, with us (youths) standing on the shoulders of our fathers to create a future for generations unborn. Thank you for the supoort

  40. “It is no secret that a young Nigerian isn’t interested in agriculture because being called a farmer is seen as degrading.” This is where our mentality has to change and it’s a ggod thing that it is coming from a young Nigerian. This is the stuff of legends.

    1. Thank you sir. Beyond learning, I am certain with you Sir, more lives will be transformed through technology and entrepreneurs will be created for a greater Nation

    1. Thank you sir. Be a part of the group (Sreach aeroponics) on facebook and also follow this blog (blog.gfar.net) for updates

      Thank you sir

  41. This is a good way to improve crop yield from the lab. How safe is the treatment?

    1. Thank you sir.
      How safe is the treatment? There is no treatment! Aeroponics isnt a laboratory dependent technique though it can be combined with tissue culture to get cleaner healthier seeds to begin production with (That is using tissue culture to clean plants to get disease-free planting materials).
      However, aeroponics itself isnt laboratory, in addition there is no treatment involved as fertilizers for aeroponics can either be organic or inorganic. Organic fertilizers include use of organic materials in the liquid form; and inorganic is use of synthetic fertilizers which are soluble in water (much like the fertilizers -NPK- used in traditional farming practices). Thus aeroponics is actually healthier and safer for the plant growth, yield and human nutritional needs.
      Better for plant growth because: More oxygen in the root zone, water and nutrient hydro-atomization, 100% access to carbon monoxide and increased nutrient uptake.
      Plant yield:
      The presence of the above conditions will also increase plant yield meaning plants mature faster as compared to when in the soil
      Human health:
      These plants are grown in optimal condition, they are protected from pathogens in the soil as soil is not used, no pesticides, no competition for food, oxygen or carbon monoxide, thus the product are truly healthy for man’s consumption. Aeroponics vegetables is proven to contain more flavannoids than its counterparts grown in the soil.

      Thank you Sir for the question

  42. Against the backdrop of dwindling currency; resourceful and innovative projects of this nature should be commended and encouraged as it will help further strenghten our food production sector vis-a-vis reduce the high demand for imported food.
    Thank you Mr Samson, this is a plus for Nigeria.

    1. Thank you Sir. I am honoured and humbled by your comments Bar. Bolaji, and you are very correct it will give food security as well as reduce (if not end) our dependence on imported food.

  43. Great job Oga Samson. You are a great teacher and I’m certain this project is achievable. For everyone’s information, Samson introduced me to rice hydroponics which I’m currently working on.

  44. This is what our country needs, a resurrection of our fallen agricultural sector. Weldon Mr Samson.

  45. Exciting innovation, can’t wait to be a part of this. My question is: based on period of time and facilities, what will it take to feed a community?

    1. Thank you. I will assume a community size of a million people, who wish to grow rice and vegetables.
      A 240 square meters will contain 500 tomatoes plants at least, if heirloom organic tomatoes is used which provides 30 fruits per harvest, this will yield 15,000 per harvest. if arska tomatoes is used (from india) this will give 100 per plant which will give 50,000 tomatoes per harvest. We could also decide to plant indeterminate tomatoes, either ways, harvest will be done in the first month of planting (30 days) and same applies for vegetables. To increase production, rather than a single layer, especially for the vegetables, several layers can be created such that number of vegetables in a 240 square meter is over 50,000 plants.

      There is also an increased yield and cycle for rice production with the aeroponics system. The rate of production of food crops with the aeroponics system is shorter, effective and more efficient with the aeroponics system

  46. I am really impressed . Hopefully young Nigerians can take this serious and the government as well. Well done Oga Samson. More grease to your elbows.

    1. Thank you Dr. Ikenna. I sincerely pray that the youths of my generation will look beyond entertainment industry and hype and move to research, agriculture and ensure healthier living

  47. This is a very wonderful project….It shows great hope for Africa in terms of food security….. Having more great minds like Mr Samson in Africa would mean a bright future for us….Dis project is one that will have the attention of great scientists all over the world….. Well done sir

    1. Thank you Sir, i do know with this in every region of Africa, we would be able to solve our food issues, and shift focus to other aspect of life

  48. Samson this is interesting. In the video, tell people what you were doing and how you got there as well otherwise very innovative and something to look forward to

    1. Dr Alfred, thank you Sir, My apologies to everyone about the quality and content of the video. I will make more videos soon and ensure the corrections you pointed out are adhered to sir. Thank you sir

  49. I like when someone is thinking without the ‘box’ mentality.
    We shall endeavour to do everything to support this project.
    Thank you Sam.

    1. Thank you Pastor Eyisi, it is an honour to have your support and i will take advantage of your wisdom and communication skills sir to push the aeroponics project. Thank you sir

  50. Great job my brother, your plans to reach schools and families is also very good too. I wish you all the best!

    1. Thank you sir. For me, reaching corporate organizations alone isn’t enough, as bringing in schools introduces practical agriculture to youths and also bringing it to families, even if what they produce isn’t enough to sell, at least they can acertain to a large extent what they eat

  51. …the attendant benefits of this project are important for strategic action and plan on how to forestall any unpleasant scenario in the future especially on food crop production.

    1. Thank you Mr. Niyi., and like you said – the goal is to ensure food security, in addition to ensuring food becomes our drug!

  52. This is really a brilliant idea Mr Samuel Ogbole. It is really going to revolutionize the sector and attract more youths too. I support this initiative. I pray that it would materialize into a great and massive project that will help a lot of people. Well done Sir and I appreciate the organizers too.

    1. Thank you Sir and aptly said, I am very grateful for this platform – a chance to showcase ideas, interact with great minds.

  53. How much more tidy would it be to be able to grow plants without soil. I see Beautiful Flowers!!! Kudos to you man, I hope you get this.

  54. This is not an entirely new technique for crop production, it has been used to grow legumes such as potatoes. I am really excited that it is in use in Nigeria and I wish to be a part of it.

    1. Yes Mr. Akanni, however the technology isn’t known in Nigeria which is a shame! We are still stuck in the past, trying to use crude method of agriculture such as hoes and cutlasses still, and for the population density presently, an accelerated mode of plant cultivation is needed. Once the aeroponics technology gets integrated into our country’s agric fiber, it will be awesome to guarantee food security, create employment, increase revenue and ensure a healthier nation

  55. I am really impress by this method of agricultural innovation coming from Africa, Nigeria in specific. This time the West will learn from us! Keep it up.

  56. This is innovative. We need to focus and encourage agricultural improvement in this present age.

  57. Great innovation! I believe great ideas that proffer solutions to global problems should be welcomed and youths with great minds such as Samson should be celebrated.

  58. Great contrivance! I believe ideas that proffers solution to global and national problems should be welcomed, and youths with creative & ingenious minds like Samson should be appreciated and celebrated as this will encourage birthing of beneficial ideas that will improve our economy.

    1. Thank you Praise, and yes you are right, Nigeria needs to create a platform for out-of-the-box thoughts that can improve our economy, there should be a stage or its like for bright minds, as it seems easier to get a listening ear for a song (even those with lyrics degrading to womanhood). I am a firm believer that Nigerian youths have awesome ideas, they really have dreams and visions which if harnessed will jump-start Nigeria to truly being the giant of Africa in every positive potential. Music is awesome but economies are built on research, education, health care etc. Thank you very much.

  59. This has shown that the youths are no longer waiting to push the country forward internationally so the perspective changes over time. I greatly support you and your great ideas. Kudos!

  60. Great project initiative and the steps at cleary defined in your write-up which makes the feasibility more apparent. Krep up yet good work.

  61. The Nigerian youth is not interested in farming because it is ‘dirty’. However, with this brilliant and exciting innovation coming from a great mind, if incorporated, will go a long way in augmenting our agricultural development, creating job opportunities.
    This just changed my mindset about the so called dirty farming….Thanks, I appreciate your brilliance…. Keep it up.

    1. Yaaaaay, welcome to the agric kingdom, as together we get to build a better Nigerian economy.
      This is the new phase of agriculture – call it white collar agriculture! Please spread the word, we are in charge of the future we want, we are Nigeria, we are the change we seek, we are responsible for our own economy now…cos now we have a chance to develop the economy!! welcome to the home team Morayo, thank you ma

  62. The Nigerian youth is not interested in farming because it is ‘dirty’. However, with this brilliant and exciting innovation coming from a great mind, if incorporated, will go a long way in reviving our economy by augmenting our agricultural development, creating job opportunities.
    This just opened my eyes to see the light in aeroponics and changed my mindset about the so called ‘dirty farming’….
    You just won a soul into kingdom of aeroponics…#Laughs
    Kudos….

  63. Exactly what we need in a time like this.Healthy eating,healthy body,increase in productivity.Thumbs up Samson

  64. Awesome!!! God bless you Samson. The future of Africa is in Nigeria and it is deeply buried inside the Nigerian Youth.

    1. Amen and thank you Dr. Ogunfolaji. You are very right sir, the future we seek resides in us – our discovery of our potentials is the key to the Nigeria, and world we seek. Thank you sir

  65. Aeroponics is an approach that we can use to domesticate farming. If other countries has used it to grow tomatoes, pepper, potatoes and other vegies sucessefully we can do it also. It will have to take such very laudable effort such as this one Samson is trying to imbide.
    I have seen it at work and know it has the potential to seriously change the scope and dimention of farming in Nigeria, Samson was very instrumental in the setting up of the aeroponics system at Biocrops Biotechnology Limited, and have the grasp/knowledge.to make it work.
    It will be a wise investment to encourage such an effort

  66. What a great & unique idea, got a lot of potentials to boost our agricultural sector. All the best to you.

  67. A great breakthrough in the agricultural sector. Weldone son. I have always known you would make us proud. I am so proud of you. Great work. Keep the flag flying.

  68. I’m just reading about this. Amazing work Samson. I’m too proud. Cannot wait to read the success story of this in a short time, Well done.

  69. I knew there was something unique about you from university day bro, I wish you success. Nigeria and the world at large will benefit from this, God bless you man.

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