Aquaponic farm in Přáslavice was created as an idea of using non-agricultural buildings, in our case originally an army building, for agricultural production. It is a facility in which we aim to verify the reality and economy of aquaponic operation.
What is aquaponics?
Aquaponie is an integrated food production system that combines fish farming and growing plants without soil. The word aquaponie consists of two main components of this system – aquaculture and hydroponics. It is a system where fish, plants and bacteria coexist, which break down substances excreted by fish and make them available to plants.
In countries such as the United States, Israel, Australia, there are already commercial projects for aquaponic cultivation. In Europe, however, only the first projects and attempts are being made. The primary difference between existing systems is the issue of sunlight. Warm country systems like Australia, Israel do not work in Central Europe where the climate is different.
As a result of the growing world population, pressure on global sustainable food production is increasing. The possibilities of contemporary classical food production are slowly being exhausted and new ways to meet food needs need to be sought.
One way is agricultural production through hydroponics and intensive fish farming through aquaculture, especially recirculation farming. However, separate systems have their own problems. Recirculating aquaculture has to deal with the daily removal of excess nutrients from the system, which necessitates the replacement of some water with organic material. In contrast, hydroponics requires costly nutrient subsidies to ensure optimum plant growth. This problem is solved by aquaponic systems.
In our farm we are trying to show the way to return agricultural production to non-agricultural areas, when brownfields, underground spaces, industrial areas or community projects will be possible. The result of the project will be of crucial importance for the development of aquaponic cultivation and breeding in Europe, where it is not possible to use a system from hot zones.
At our farm you can see real aquaponic traffic and discuss with us all of its pitfalls. On our site you will find a description of what this aquaponic system consists of and what its essential components are.
Produced vegetables are of the highest possible quality without pesticides and other chemical products.
Aquaponics can be placed in existing industrial buildings and has significantly greater productivity per m2 than standard farmland cultivation.
For industrial farms, many activities can be automated in line with Industry 4.0 and Agriculture 4.0.
It is typical for aquaponics to use originally industrial buildings and thus return non-agricultural premises back to natural food production.
Aquaponie is available for both large industrial installations and small family hobby installations
For small installations, a community-based approach that is very popular recently in major cities is typical.
We use our non-agricultural industry experience and strive to bring the best back to the food industry.
At the Přáslavice farm we use our farm monitoring and we are able to share our experience with its operation.