The Czech company Future Farming is engaged in the construction of a vertical aquaponic farm, which is record-high for Europe. In the future, these types of establishments may form the basis of food production.
Aquaponic farms are fully automated and use up to 95% less water than traditional farms. In addition, such solutions can be implemented almost anywhere, including city centers. The 1,000-square-meter farm allows you to produce the same amount of fish as a 20-hectare pond and as many vegetables as will be grown on a 1.8-hectare field.
Future Farming runs a research and scientific farm in the village of Kaly at our southern neighbors and is building a large production farm in Brno. It is to be the largest in Europe in terms of size and efficiency, which will be possible, inter alia, thanks to the use of modern technologies. Aquaponics in the form that the representatives of the said company intend to use will be based on the symbiosis of an ecosystem of plants and fish. The fish will provide the plants with nutrients, while the plants will purify the water for the fish.
The farm will be illuminated with LED lamps and monitored with the use of a number of sensors, responsible, among others, for controlling the temperature, humidity, quality of the solution and access to light. The whole is to consist of 4 investment units. As Future Farming founder Michal Fojtík explains. the first of these units is now fully completed. It is 3,000 square meters and has fish farming and vegetable farming. Two other facilities are to be commissioned in the second half of 2022.
The ultimate goal is to produce as much as 2.1 tons of vegetables a day and 320 tons of fish a year. The plan is to deliver food to customers on a daily basis. Future Farming is not going to stop there. The company wants to continue expanding its infrastructure. Two more farms are to be built in the Czech Republic (Letonice village) and Slovakia (Senica). Fojtík adds that his company has a unique technology that would go elsewhere.