This time DNA has tried to get detailed information about the relatively new field in agriculture called hydroponics. It is a method of growing plants, usually crops, without soil, by using mineral nutrient solutions in an aqueous solvent. We’ve talked with Anna Tadevosyan, who is a vice president in the Institute of Hydroponics Problems after G.S. Davtyan, to reveal the unique aspects of agronomy.
The characteristics of the field
The field is attractive if you love to work in your own created area, have set your rules, a flexible schedule, and you can decide how and when to do your responsibilities.
The field is requiring a mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge. It is not enough to have basic knowledge in botanical, agrochemical, and biological spheres: you should also interfere with plants and what is essential growing them.
It’ll be easier for you to cultivate plants if you always explore the requirements of this field. It’s better to think about non-traditional vegetables, tea plants, and spicy plants as well.
The differences between new and old
Some decades ago, agronomical university students had to show their practical skills in villages or regions. Some students didn’t do that work with pleasure.
Recently the reputation of an agriculturist has raised a lot. A lot of industries search for agriculturists, who are regularly getting new knowledge and mastering the international experience. Even if you don’t have agronomical or biological education, you will succeed in this field. What also matters is that a good agriculturist is paid well enough.
The promoting factors of the field
Many years ago, students were not interested in agronomy at all (even those who were living in villages).
In our days, students’ attention is affected by two things – the development of technologies and foreign languages. The first one helps to explore the field: before making a decision, you can understand whether you want to enter this field or not, and the second allows you to get experienced by reading professional literature in different foreign languages.
The methods that can help to develop the field
If children get acquainted with soil and plants, know basic facts about cultivating plants, and use this theoretical part in practice too, they would be interested in this field at an early age. Organizing training for rural communities and universities would help to involve more people in agronomy, too.
There are many programs to raise the level of awareness, to get acquainted with international methods, and to exchange the experience, which helps the field to be popular among youths day by day.
Written by Heghine Navasardyan