21-Year-Old Guy Starts Hydroponics Farming Business with Php1k Capital

Many people think that you need a lot of money, possibly at least a hundred thousand pesos to start a business. Yet a 21-year-old guy starts a hydroponics farming business with just Php1k capital.

Hydroponics Farming Business with Php1k

Harold Zapata’s grandfather, a farmer, often discouraged him from becoming one. In a country where so many farmers are poor, he thought that being a farmer also means being poor.

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Mag-iiinhinyero ka. Hindi ka magsasaka. Parang tumatak na sa utak niya na talagang ‘pag farmer is farmer lang,” he recalled.

But it seems that farming is really in Harold’s blood. And he wanted to show appreciation to farmers, knowing that we can’t have food without them.

He got interested in hydroponics farming. One summer, he began to build a greenhouse to start hydroponics farming, a type of farming where plants are grown on water, not soil.

Photo credit: OG
Photo credit: OG
Photo credit: OG

Using a capital of Php1k and discarded Styrofoam boxes he asked from friends in the market, he started his business.

Starter kit natin yung grape box, yung lalagyan ng prutas sa palengke. Hiningi lang namin yung sampung piraso dito sa kakilala namin, dun kami nag-try na mag-hydroponics farming,” he explained.

Napakamura lang ng mga expenses niya. ‘Pag nakapag-start ka kasi, gagastusin mo na lang styro cups, coco peat, feeds, saka nutrients. Kahit hydroponics ‘yon, mas tipid siya kumpara sa traditional farming sa tubig.

At the time, the greenhouse was small and could handle just around 80 heads of lettuce. Little by little, he was able to grow his greenhouse and his business, so that he now earns Php15,000 from these crops.

Photo credit: OG
Photo credit: OG

It’s a hobby that became a good source of income for the young man. Aside from earning from the crops, he also earns from selling seedlings, constructing greenhouses, and consultation services.

He advises everyone to enjoy their hobby but also do research.

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Pag pinasok mo kasi ang hilig mo, may mga bintanang nagbubukas diyan na panibagong opportunity sa ‘yo, another lesson. Hindi lang siya magfo-focus sa farming; marami ka ring matututunan about sa buhay natin,” he ended.

Watch Harold’s story here:

What is Hydroponics Farming?

Hydroponics is a type of farming that involves growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water-based solvent.

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5 thoughts on “21-Year-Old Guy Starts Hydroponics Farming Business with Php1k Capital”

  1. Good day po.. any help or tips po.. nagustuhan kopo ang hydronics farming na ito. gusto ko rin po makapag bussiness like this. sana matulungan nyo po ako or mai message nyo po ako kung paano po makapag simula dito.. Isa din po ako sa mahilig na mag tanim kaya gusto ko rin po tangkilikin ang ganitong gawain upang makatulong din ako sa aking pamilya at mag karoon ng kaunting income sa pang araw araw.

  2. Hi, can you help me, I have a 7,000sqm farm lot, should I use it for traditional farming or convert it to hydroponics greenhouse? I found and read this online, https://digitalpaycheque.com/hydroponics-online-business-start-with-these/ and there are lots of advantage of hydroponics. What can you suggest? Thanks.


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