AQUAPONICS
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Seeking to start Aquaponics? Or maybe you are just curious how aquaponics relatesg to hydroponics or drip irrigaton?
TGS is committed to develop smart-tech aquaponics systems. TGS has developed a modular aquaponics system. This system is easy to set up and maintain and can be adjusted to a variety of ecological, economic and social circumstances. We have introduced aquaponics systems in Central-Asia, Ethiopia, Egypt, the Palestinian Territory and the Netherlands. Altough we are big fans of aquaponics, we also like to see it in relation to other cultivation techniques. In some circumstantes hydroponics or a simple drip irrigation technique provides for a stronger business case. Anyhow, we’d like to do the math with you! Get connected to learn how we can add value to your idea!

 

 

What is aquaponics
Aquaponics is an innovative food production method in which fish and vegetable farming are integrated into one agricultural system. In aquaponics, nutrient rich fish water is constantly filtered, nutrients are utilized by the vegetables after which the water recirculates to the fish tank. The fish and vegetables thus live in symbiosis with each other, the fish provide nutrients that benefit the plants and the plants purify the water to create a healthy environment for the fish. During our past projects we’ve kept renewing our designs to optimize production.There has been a renewed interest in aquaponics in recent decades, but the aquaponics principles have been around for centuries. In ancient China, for instance, farmers used a similar principle to fertilize their rice paddies, by keeping carp in the water.

A critical second look at Aquaponics
Although this sounds promising, aquaponics does provide serious challenges. Basically, when starting aquaponic farming you need to create a small ecosystem (fish, bacteria and vegetables) that sustains itself. Starting an aquaponics system is therefore not as easy as often presented. TGS aims to help their partners/clients to overcome the initial phase of setting up a profitable aquaponics ecosystem that produces high-end vegetables. Unfortunately we cannot promise that there are no challenges, but we will work side by side to solve them while boosting production. Our competative advange is on the integration of business and farm management, the higher investment costs of aquaponics can only be recovered through a proper marketing strategy.

What about hydroponics?
As part of the Aquaponics developments we are also involved with Hydroponics: The production of vegetables based on nutrients that are mixed with the water. Hydroponic systems often provide a better buisness model due to its simplicity compared to aquaponics. Please contact us for more information on the opporunties.

The potential
We believe that aquaponics can provide a viable business model to serve (urban) areas with fresh healthy vegetables and fish. Aquaponics is especially suitable in regions where conventional agriculture is difficult due to poor soil conditions and limited water availability. As TGS we’ve developed several commercial aquaponics greenhouses, especially so around the middle-east and central Asia.

As part from these new developments we’ve also started with decoupled aquaponics. A new approach to aquaponics that allows for higher plant and fish yields due to the ability to manage water parameters for fish and plants seperately. Apart from the commercial side, we believe that aquaponics can play a major role in improving the access to sufficient healthy food, as people can grow their own food to supplement their diet with vitamins and proteins. Aquaponics is especially suitable for countries with limited access to food, water, arable land and/or chemical fertilizers.

Some characteristics of aquaponics:

  • Up to 8,5 times more efficient with water than conventional agriculture
  • Nutrient efficient
  • Reaches a higher crop production per m2
  • Independent of fertile soil
  • Is a sustainable production method and does not depend on pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.
  • Can vary in size and complexity from small indoor systems to large advanced commercial greenhouses