After working with the military-run telecom group Viettel for seven years, Nguyễn Quốc Phong decided he wanted to do something else.
The 33-year-old man from Núi Thành District in Quảng Nam Province has since used his IT know-how and experience to study and promote hydroponic farming, launching a startup of his own.
Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture, the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Terrestrial plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the mineral solution, or the roots may be supported by an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel. (Wikipedia)
Phong surfed the internet for information and solutions, found suppliers in the Netherlands and Israel, imported materials and quality fertilizers and seeds.
“It’s not new in the world, but it has just emerged in central region. Farmers have a long tradition of growing vegetables in the soil, which is low cost and easy, but also carries the risk of contamination with water and air pollution already at alarming levels. And with rapid urbanisation in the region, it is not going to get better soon.
“Local farmers still hesitate to change to new agriculture, or hi-tech farming. They are used to growing with easy tools, but not electronically controlled devices or smart-phone guided production,” Phong said, explaining why his company, H2O Farm Viet Nam, has launched a package solution.