WHY AQUAPONICS

WHY AQUAPONICS

ECOSYSTEM
of Farming

• Sustainable and natural method of growing plants and aquatic animals together. • Farming system that promotes a symbiotic relationship between plants, aquatic animals, and microorganisms. • The fish produce waste (ammonia) and the nitrifying bacteria convert it into readily available nutrients for the plants. Plant roots extract the nutrients and filter the water for the fish to live. • The increasing human population, high standard of living, urbanization, global food crises and rapid consumption of natural resources more than they are being regenerated, birthed the idea of Aquaponics.

BENEFITS OF AQUAPONICS

Environmental

• The growing population and increasing food demands means more croplands to develop and more deforestation projects to carry out which will consequently lead to more wasteful irrigation, greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants in the form of fertilizers and pesticides – as in the case of industrial agriculture. • Aquaponics is soilless which means no need for more land clearing and tillage.

REDUCES WATER USAGE

• Aquaponics is a closed-loop system that reuses water by recycling it. • Aquaponics mimics the natural ecosystem where fish excreta serve as nutrient for plant growth. • Plants are grown in a secured environment.

NO SYNTHETIC CHEMICALS

• Strict prohibition of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides pesticides, or any other chemicals as these can destroy the balance in the ecosystem thus leading to fish and plants mortality. • Nutritionally, food grown in an Aquaponics system is healthier, fresher, and genuinely organic. Plants and fish are not contaminated with pesticides and herbicides.

HIGHLY SCALABLE

• Aquaponics system can be operated anywhere, regardless of land or climate conditions. • The system can be designed to fit into any available space, indoor or outdoor. • Environmental conditions can be regulated for optimal growth of plants and fish. • Aquaponics can be done in urban areas, rural areas, low water areas, on a roof top, on a balcony, etc.

HIGHER YIELD

• Aquaponics uses 10% water compared to traditional system of farming. • A head of lettuce typically takes around 60 days in the soil to get to full maturity, however approximately 36 days in Aquaponic system. • Plants grow faster and healthier in Aquaponics system because nutrient-dense water is supplied directly to the plant roots constantly. A constantly regulated water source is well aerated and also enhances plant growth.

Economic benefits

• Food is grown all year round and not seasonal. The ability to regulate temperatures throughout the year and constant supply of nutrient water makes it possible to grow food in Aquaponics all year round. • Aquaponics farmer enjoys multiple sources of income, the vegetables, fruits and fish. • Supports a self-sufficient lifestyle. Growing your own food is like printing your own money.

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