Demetris Paphitis



Demetris Paphitis

Case Study Contents

About Farm

Farm Name

Demetris Paphitis

Year of foundation



Tersefanou, Larnaca

Farm area/size of the organisation:

0.1 ha

Number of workers:

5 workers

Farm main activity:

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Lettuce.

Climate and soil characteristics

White soil with high moisture.

Mild winters and hot summers, with low precipitation and high humidity.

Measure Information

Description of the measure

Hydroponics consists in the use of plastic channels filled with coconut coir, in which the crops are grown with proper irrigation and fertilization.

Objective of the measure

To optimize the available resources, saving time and space requirements.

Justification of the choice

This practice ensures increased productivity of crops and higher quality products, reduces water needs and lowers the risk for crop diseases.

Where did You get information of the measure from?

From his father.


Stakeholders involved

Cyprus Agricultural Payment Organisation (CAPO)

Description of stakeholders’ role

Financial support from CAPO under the measure for the young farmers.

Implementation phase

Materials used

  • Plastic channels,
  • coconut coir,
  • ground cover net,
  • irrigation water supply pipes.

Costs for the implementation

Purchase of equipment and construction costs for buildings

Utilization of subsidies

60% financial support from CAPO

Implementation / building

Construction of warehouse for the irrigation system and greenhouses

Required maintenance operations

  • Renewal of coconut coir every 3-4 years
  • Maintenance of irrigation system

Recommended knowledge / skills / training / courses / education desired before starting the measure implementation

Training courses from Department of Agriculture for young farmers


  • Profit increase
  • Increased productivity by 20%
  • Better product quality
  • increase in plant duration (prolongation) by 25%
  • Fewer pesticides use because plant diseases closely related to soil are avoided. The plants’ root system is not in contact with soil.
  • Water savings around 20%


Innovation elements

Producing crops without soil is the main innovative element of hydroponics

Key element for success

Proper watering and fertilizing are fundamental


Technological constraints

Specific technology that requires staff training

Lesson learned

Farmers’ experiences

Hydroponics is an excellent method that provides higher quality and healthier plants and higher yields.

Measure sustainability

Environmental sustainability

  • Fewer pesticides of about 20%
  • Reduced plant growing time of about 25%
  • Water savings around 20%

Economical sustainability

  • Increased profits of about 20%
  • Increased production of about 20%

Transfer of the measure

Replicability conditions required

  • Construction of warehouse for irrigation system and greenhouses
  • Purchase of plastic channels, Coconut coir, Ground cover net and Irrigation water system
  • Training for applying hydroponics

Conclusion remarks

Hydroponics is an innovative practice that is proving to be effective and economically sustainable.

Open problems

While in other countries hydroponics products are distinguished from similar conventional products, in Cyprus this not the case. This results in the same selling price.

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