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Seeking to start Aquaponics? Or are you curious about how aquaponics relates to hydroponics or drip irrigation?
TGS is committed to developing smart-tech aquaponics systems. We have developed modular aquaponics systems that are easy to set-up, 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. Although we are big fans of aquaponics, we also look at other cultivation techniques. In some circumstances hydroponics or simple drip irrigation techniques make a stronger business case. We would like to discuss the possibilities 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 closed agricultural system. In aquaponics systems, plants receive nutrients that are added by the water through the cultivation of fish. After the nutrients are utilised by the vegetables, the water recirculates to the fish tank, making this system a highly efficient water saving farming method that can be utilized in any environment. Through experiences in past projects we have kept improving our designs to optimise production.
A critical second look at aquaponics
Even though this sounds promising, aquaponics does provide serious challenges. In starting an aquaponics farm you need to create a small, self-sustaining closed ecosystem consisting of fish, bacteria, and vegetables. Starting an aquaponics system is therefore not as easy as often presented. TGS aims to help their partners and clients overcome the initial phase of setting up a profitable aquaponics ecosystem that produces high-quality vegetables. We can’t promise there won’t be challenges, but we will work with you to solve those while boosting production. Our competitive advantage is in the integration of business plans and farm management in setting up aquaponics systems. The higher investment costs of aquaponics can be earned back through proper marketing strategies and feasibility studies that we offer.
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 could be a better business opportunity due to the simplicity of the method when compared to aquaponics.
Please contact us for more information on the opportunities.
We believe that aquaponics can provide a viable and reliable 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 resources. At TGS we are experienced in these fields, we have experience in developing and delivering aquaponics greenhouses around the world, especially in the Middle East and central Asia.
Decoupled aquaponics is 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 separately. Beside the commercial aspect, we believe that aquaponics can play a major role in improving access to sufficient healthy foods, as aquaponics opens up the possibility for people to grow various kinds of vegetables and fish anywhere in the world. Aquaponics is especially suitable for countries with limited access to food, water, arable land, or chemical fertilisers.
Some characteristics of aquaponics:
- Up to 8,5 times more efficient in the usage of water than conventional agriculture
- Nutrient efficient
- Reaches a higher crop production per square meter
- Not dependent on the availability of fertile soil
- A sustainable production method that does not depend on pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilisers.
- Can vary in size and complexity. Aquaponic systems can be applied in small indoor systems as well as in large advanced commercial greenhouses
OUR AQUAPONICS PROJECTS
By growing food aquaponically within a city, plant density is increased and transport distances are decreased, resulting in more efficient farming and fresher produce.
We initiated a pilot project in Bethlehem in 2014 with the aim of empowering food insecure families to grow vegetables to eat and sel
As part of our research and development efforts, we constructed an aquaponics model farm in 2015 in Driel, the Netherlands.
We initiated an aquaponics system at a Dutch highschool which provides agricultural education, vegetables for the local food bank and fresh fish for a nearby hotel.