In 2017, Seychelles’ agricultural sector saw the introduction of Hydroponics farming – the first of its kind in Seychelles. The hydroponic vegetable system located at Val D’Endorre Baie Lazare, Mahe Island was developed by ISPC Seychelles, under the leadership of Mr. Alfred Fourcroy and recently began production this year.
As part of its after-care services offered to investors, the Advisory Team of the Seychelles Investment Board (SIB) visited the farm on Wednesday 22nd August 2018. The aim of the visit was to maintain a close relationship with the investors, follow-up on the project’s development and discuss any potential challenges they may be facing.
Hydroponics farming is the method of growing plants without soil, using nutrient-rich solutions in an aquatic-based environment. At the Val D’Endorre farm, crops such as melons, chili, tomatoes, cucumber, passion-fruit, lettuces and variety of herbs are being grown on hydroponics tables. These are housed in 6 sealed and protected greenhouses spreading over 6 hectares.
The use of sheds has meant minimal use of chemicals and pesticides. Furthermore, the use of such greenhouses allows for climatic elements such temperature and moisture to be controlled hence allowing for year-round cultivation and regular supply of fruits and vegetables.
Since the farm expects to deliver a constant supply of vegetables and fruits during the year, they will be priced lower than at current market prices. The products are currently being sold at all the ISPC outlets, at Beau-Vallon, Bois De Rose and Anse Royale.