Aquaponics is a sustainable farming method that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant cultivation). In aquaponics systems, the waste produced by fish serves as a nutrient source for plants, and in turn, the plants help filter and purify the water for the fish.
The science behind this symbiotic relationship is the billions of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria that biologically convert the ammonium into nitrites and then into nitrates in a process known as Nitrification.
Science based approach
A successful aquaponics implementation lies in the "secret" within the bio-reactor. Our in-house design, 2-stage bioreactor cultures the bacteria to break down organic matter in the water and convert ammonium into nitrates. By understanding the nitrogen cycle and maintaining a suitable temperature, water PH, and dissolved oxygen, we can optimize this nitrification process effectively to continuously provide nutrients for the crops.
The bioreactor also doubles up as a maintenance-free filter, that significantly reduces the amount of time required to maintain and upkeep a healthy aquaponics system.
Innovation and Collaboration
Faced with the challenges of designing, building, and operating our farms, we have learned the importance of thinking out of the box. We work with various institutes of Higher Learning in Singapore to help us get ahead in the science of farming. We have also developed a Patented system that we deploy on our farms to achieve our yield targets economically.
The combination of innovation with a deeper knowledge of sciences is one of the key approaches to making us more resilient to risks associated with climate change.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Using the combination of sensors and controllers, we can monitor the water conditions and farm equipment remotely around the clock. Data collected, allows us to take preemptive measures before any critical failure, while the system notifications also alert us of incidents so we may promptly respond.
Using these technologies, we can introduce appropriate automation to take care of routine tasks and improve the efficiency of our operations and the consistency of our produce.