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Hydraulic Rams are such simple devices that they should not be beyond the reach of small farmers. Yet in the Philippines today, there is a lack of sufficient number of hydram technology providers that would foster healthy competition and bring prices within reasonable levels.  This is my major reason for starting up this initiative: to offer alternative, field-proven hydram systems that are significantly more affordable than are currently available from established sources.

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FARMERS ASSEMBLING A RAM PUMP DURING A TRAINING BY RAIN.

On the other hand, I have always wondered if there is a better way of growing high-value crops for food and profit – say, a method that does not require much space, not too physically demanding on the farmer, does not require too much inputs such as water, pesticides and fertilizers, and is environment friendly. Then I came across independent researches on simplified, non-circulating hydroponics by Dr. B.A. Kratky of the University of Hawaii, the Asian Vegetable Research Center (AVRDC) in Taiwan, and by the Institute of Plant Breeding of the University of the Philippines Los Baņos (UPLB), Philippines, where I promptly trained.

Photo by ETM Ocampo & PJA Santos, U.P. Los Baņos
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LETTUCE GROWN USING SNAP HYDROPONICS, A NON-CIRCULATING SYSTEM DEVELOPED IN THE PHILIPPINES.

  

Hydraulic Ram Pump Water-Lifting Technology * Simplified, Non-circulating Hydroponics