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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.