This APO self-learning digital course will introduce participants to the fundamentals of soilless/hydroponic cultivation. The course modules are easy to understand, with minimal technical jargon involved, ensuring that adopters of the hydroponic techniques presented are able to start small practical projects of their own. They can then train others and even create urban farming cooperatives to feed local city residents.

The APO developed this course with the support of Chandrasekharan Viswa Prakash, CEO, Aggragannya Skills Private Limited, Bangalore, India.

Course Objectives

The main objectives of this course are to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of hydroponic farming.
  • Introduce applications of hydroponic techniques through a pilot project.
  • Demonstrate ways to improve produce yields and quality to increase sustainability and profitability compared with conventional growing methods.

Course Modules

This e-learning course will cover the following modules:
Module 1: Introduction of hydroponic farming and types of growing systems
Module 2: Growth media standards and quality and seeding methodologies
Module 3: Biotic and abiotic factors and their effects
Module 4: Pest and disease management, integrated pest management, and irrigation management
Module 5: Tasks involved in a growing operation and the importance of hygiene management

Important Notes:

  1. Participants who register to take this course and pass the final examination with a score of 70% or higher will be eligible to receive the APO certificate. Please note that the final examination can be taken only once. Therefore, the most appropriate time to take the examination should be chosen carefully. The self-assessment quizzes are for personal evaluation only and are not related to the final examination results.
  2. Participants who perform well in this course and receive the APO certificate will be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects on similar topics, when nominated by their NPOs and if slots are available.
  3. Notes 1 and 2 are applicable only to participants from APO member countries. Participants from nonmember countries are welcome to take the course for self-improvement, although they will not have an opportunity to attend the follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects.
  4. Each module is in a prerecorded video format in which the expert delivers presentations by explaining each slide. Participants can access the video by clicking on the link provided under the title of each module.

Course Duration in Hours: 20 hours
Skill Level: Beginner
Upcoming Course: No
New Course: Yes