Why Aquaponics ?
Aquaponics is not only a most enjoyable way of producing high quality, wholesome crops as a business or for own use, but it also has several distinct advantages over both aquaculture and hydroponics. These include:
- Fish waste is utilised as plant feed rather than being wasted
- Excellent crop quality - both in terms of taste and appearance
- Ability to produce organic crops
- Higher yields than conventional farming
- Very low water usage - water is not lost or dumped from our systems, the only new water that is used is to replace evaporation and transpiration
- Low electrical usage - our commercial system (300m2) runs on <1kW of power !!!
- Our systems do not require mechanical or biological filters - the processes all occur naturally, saving money and resulting in a natural, stable environment
- Faster growth to market size due to optimal conditions being maintained
- Fewer diseases than with dirt farming
- Root temperature very stable resulting in fewer disease issues than hydroponics
- No crop rotation needed
- No weeds to pull out
- Faster cash flow generation than aquaculture
- Constant production throughout the year - markets love this
- Ability to produce `out-of-season' crops
- Expensive hydroponic chemicals are not required
- Crop harvesting is quick and easy, regardless of the weather outside
- Crop management is simpler than dirt farming
- Low labour requirement
- Small footprint - enables you to position close to markets
These days there is plenty of talk around the related topics of carbon footprint and food miles. Not only is there a strong environmental case to be made for localising the production of food, but as costs keep climbing, there is now also a strong financial incentive. Retailers are looking for locally produced crops to sell in their stores and Aquaponics can produce virtually all of the herb and vegetable crops that retailers sell. Aquaponics offers this huge advantage as the production is very intensive, enabling the investor to base the facility in close vicinity to the market, reducing food miles.