Aquaponics Techniques Gaining Widespread Palpability among Farmers, Says PMR


Date : Mar 26, 2019 Author : PMR Editorial Staff Category : Food and Beverage

Aquaponics Techniques Gaining Widespread Palpability among Farmers, Says PMR

Cultivators have been growing flora in water for its vast resource of minerals which are beneficial for the growth of acquatic plants. This process has attained a new meaning with the advent of commercial ‘aquaponics’, which leverages the goodness of water used by fish to grow crops, mainly green leafy vegetables. The vital facet of aquaponics is that its energy saving, eco- friendly, eco-supportive, and emits minimal carbon footprint on Earth, and thus makes a world of difference when compared to any other form of cultivation.

The global aquaponics market is projected to continue its steady growth due to the growing adoption of aquaponics techniques by farmers in several parts of the world. Farmers are adopting aquaponics to obtain year-round produce and to counter the growing food scarcity concerns at regional levels. 

Cultivators have been growing flora in water for its vast resource of minerals which are beneficial for the growth of acquatic plants. This process has attained a new meaning with the advent of commercial ‘aquaponics’, which leverages the goodness of water used by fish to grow crops, mainly green leafy vegetables. The vital facet of aquaponics is that its energy saving, eco- friendly, eco-supportive, and emits minimal carbon footprint on Earth, and thus makes a world of difference when compared to any other form of cultivation.

The global aquaponics market is projected to continue its steady growth due to the growing adoption of aquaponics techniques by farmers in several parts of the world. Farmers are adopting aquaponics to obtain year-round produce and to counter the growing food scarcity concerns at regional levels. According to a latest Persistence Market Research report, global aquaponics market is estimated to grow at a healthy 7.4% CAGR during the forecast period 2018-2028.

Advancing Technology Fueling Growth in Aquaponics Market

The growing technological intervention in prevailing aquaponics system is projected to help practitioners in performing the process easily, which will further drive production and lead to quicker cultivation times. For example, a recent research studied the development of an aquaponics monitoring system that runs on IoT. The researchers developed an aquaponics monitoring system with an ability to monitor pH values, temperature, humidity, and the water level of the entire system. The monitoring system leveraged particular sensors to calculate various values, which an LCD and a web application displayed later. These values can aid farmers effectively regulate the aquaponics ecosystem which has the potential to increase production and reduce costs. Innovation is likely to bring tremendous changes in the aquaponics market, which will further pave way for vast growth opportunities for manufacturers.

Economic Sustenance Offered by Aquaponics Accelerating its Adoption

With an easy setup and no requirement for expert supervision, aquaponics makes a viable cultivation system. Further, this system offers huge economic sustenance following the initial setup. Aquaponics farmers don’t need to spend on fertilizers or any kind of soil-enhancing chemicals as the fish waste supplements the soil with essential nutrients. Further the soil used for crop cultivation doesn’t need to be changed often, thereby, saving money and time of farmers. Farmers are increasingly becoming aware of numerous benefits of aquaponics which is leading to a shift towards this system over other cultivation practices.

High Set up Costs Remain a Key Challenge Ahead of Aquaponics Farmers

Although highly economical in the forthcoming years, the initial set of aquaponics system demands hefty investment. On average the initially set of the expanding area for aquaponics can range $5 to $20, which will consequentially make the commercial setup of these facilities a costly affair. Though by selling the produce cultivated by using this system can increase revenues, the huge initial investment requirement is creating a reluctance among farmers towards aquaponics market. To counter investment related concerns, farmers are increasingly focusing on low-costing substitutes for expensive set-up equipment.


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