Part of EuroTier: 12 - 15 November 2024, Hanover
Pioneering new ways of farm & food
Controlled Environment Agriculture – global food security through new agricultural production systems is one of the central tasks of the future. "Inhouse Farming - Feed & Food Show" is the DLG's new platform for the agricultural and food systems of the future. Closely networked with agricultural practice, it offers technical information, perspectives, innovations and business - from feed to food.
"Growth in water": Aquaculture is the controlled production of not only aquatic organisms, including fish, crustaceans and molluscs, but also all aquatic plants and algae. According to the FAO (Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture), 87 million tonnes of fish and seafood and 30 million tonnes of aquatic plants and algae (FAO SOFIA 2022) have been produced worldwide. More than 50 % of the fish consumed worldwide already comes from aquaculture.
Inhouse farming of aquatic organisms is becoming increasingly important and already represents a technology sector in its own right. The so-called recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) allow the production of fish and seafood independently of open waters, as the process water is treated, cleaned and returned to the production basins after use - an almost closed cycle! In RAS systems, mainly freshwater fish are reared, such as catfish, pike perch, tilapia, eels and sturgeon. But saltwater recirculation systems for shrimp, sea bass, bream and king fish are also becoming popular on the market. In many Norwegian salmon farms, the young fish (smolts) are already housed under controlled conditions in recirculating lines.
This form of aquaculture is resource-efficient, independent of location, environmentally friendly and almost completely controllable. A high degree of mechanisation and a great need for investment in these systems are reason enough to show and get to know the most innovative new aquatic systems with sustainable energy and oxygen concepts. In addition, it's always worth taking a look at other inhouse farming systems.
Growth in water - You're welcome to take a look into the water with us!
"When plants and animals do things together": Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, i.e. plant cultivation without soil substrate.
Aquaponics systems are inhouse farms that are closed-loop systems (RAS) based on a symbiosis of fish, plants and microorganisms. The process water of the fish is also used for the nutrient supply of plants, i.e. it is used twice. Aquaponics combines the rearing of fish in an aquaculture unit (fish farming and water treatment) with the soilless cultivation of crops in a joint production system. This is how food can be produced in a resource-saving yet efficient way.
In aquaponics systems, priority is given to robust, vigorous and tolerant fish species, such as tilapia, catfish, sturgeon and carp-like fish, which tolerate the nutrient, water quality and temperature fluctuations that occur. The choice of "plant partners" depends on the nutrient requirements and the marketing concept of the system. The basic prerequisite is the ability to grow without soil in nutrient solutions. High-yield, fruit-bearing plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins need more nutrients than fast-growing and low-yield herbs, lettuce or ornamental plants.
The yield of an aquaponics system stands and falls with the balanced cooperation of both production systems. The marketing concept is crucial for the expected profits of an aquaponics farm. Many of the existing aquaponics systems are located directly in urban areas (urban farming) and combine food production with a shopping experience.
The doors are open for the "Alliance of Fish & Plants" at Inhouse Farming!
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