Starting in March 2010 Hydro Masta has begun a new hydroponic venture for a forward looking publicly listed company in PNG who wish to supply fresh salad greens for their supermarket chain.
Hydro Masta's PNG Project: From Seed to Supermarket
Watch the project take form in the videos below, or for low bandwidth viewers, see the slide show lower on the page.
Stage 1: Laying out the site, installing the feed pipes, drain pipes and standsThis installation is a 24 bench NFT pilot system, initially for lettuce and herbs, with a capacity of 4,000 plants. Later expansions will see a wide variety of salad greens and herbs grown on their site in Port Moresby, picked and packed fresh for daily distribution to their stores. Hydro Masta has undertaken the project to not only install the equipment, but to take the produce from seed to the market shelf. This involves training staff and liaising with local suppliers to make this a 'turn key' project for the PNG company.
Stage 2: Completing the installation and planting the benchesA tour of the installation, tank room, propagation room, and the first plants going into the system.
Stage 3: The first harvest, July 2010.Picking, packing and delivering the first fresh packs to Central, Port Moresby.
Here's a slide show from the above video for low bandwidth use. Click on the first thumbnail image to bring up the full size slide show window. Use the start arrow > on the top right of the viewer window to start the slide show, or the left/right buttons to navigate the gallery:
Loading NFT System for PNG in Sydney
Day 1: Drain lines and shadecloth supports in
Day 2: Putting shadecloth over frame
Day 2: Setting up bench stands, 5 per bench
Day 2: T bars for bench stands in place
Day 2: Tanks (on left) in the ground
Day 2: Shadecloth secured, all bench stands in by end of day
Day 3: Local labour force working on tank room walls
Day 4: Tank room walls being erected
Day 4: Tank room progressing
Day 4: Installing feed lines to 6m benches
Day 5: Complete system installed
The Tank and Propagation Rooms completed
First benches planted with lettuce
In the propagation room, seedlings under flourescent lamps
Stage 1 & 2 Tanks, pump and nutrient tanks behind
Automated dosing equipment from Bluelab
Tank #1 operating. Venturi oxygenating the nutrient solution.
24 benches of Basil,Sage,Rocket,Parsely and Lettuce
Red Basil, tipped out to make it bushier
A bench of Rocket
Sweet Basil, ready to be cropped for the first time
In the processing room, washing and packing
Packing the produce for the supermarket shelves
200 hundred fresh packs arriving at the Central supermarket
Hydro Masta: from seed to supermarket!