Hey, future Farmpreneur, we have come across this term quite often and have been asked about it countless of times, what is CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) in Aquaponics?
While traditional farming does not allow you to have control over many factors while growing your produce, a sustainable CEA urban farm can help better equip you on your journey towards growing your own food.
While we have a CEA Aquaponic farm ourselves, we would love to shed some light on this topic and help you as an urban farmer to make the right investment towards your next farming project.
Is controlling the environment real?
YES, you heard absolutely right, CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) is a modern technology-based approach towards growing your own food where you are given an upper hand as an urban farmer to take total control over your greenhouse and the produce that comes from it.
The modern controlled environment greenhouses that people look at from the outside perceive it as just a single layer of plastic sheet which assists in extending the growing seasons for various vegetables and fruits. But guess what, it is more than just that.
With a CEA farm of your own, you are given the opportunity to optimise the use of given resources such as water, energy, capital, and labour. While this might shock you, it is evidently true. Take a look at our own farm.
How can this help me become an efficient farmer?
CEA farms using Aquaponics, yield tremendous fresh organic produce year long without the worry of seasonal changes.
Imagine growing strawberries offseason? Or growing any fruit, vegetable when the desire arises? Who’d thought you could grow strawberries in the summer using aquaponics in a controlled environment?
With complete control over the right temperature, water level, water quality and humidity level of your Aquaponic farm, you would be able to optimise as well as increase your yield tenfold furthermore saving costs while you are at it.
Is there more to it?
Look at the number of pesticides, germicides, chemicals, pollution, and diseases that your crop would be exposed to on a constant basis while it is out in the open field. There is a requirement of constant care and time needed for one to ensure the produce grows healthy.
Farming should not be this hard or should it?
We say farming should be easy, and it can be done in a hassle-free manner. With a controlled environment, you would be able to monitor the ventilation that your crop receives daily while keeping track of various insects that enter your farm.
Pollution and disease can be controlled through automation while you sit back and profit off your produce.
Your controlled environment restricts light spectrums that are harmful to your pants and encourage light spectrums that are beneficial to your plants.
Isn’t that wicked?
Since your farm is in a closed environment you must be in control of the heating and cooling system to ensure your plants can thrive. Temperatures that are not optimal to the specific crop’s conditions can lead to failure of your produce.
Fishes too required precise temperature control along with the right pH level to survive. While wild fishes have the liberty to dive into depths that are more comfortable to their well-being and habitat, it is important to keep in mind one would have to bring the same compatible environment into the fish tank.
With a controlled environment, you would be able to provide the required pH and environment for the fish to grow in a stress-free manner. Air temperature, water quality and quantity analysis can be achieved in order to meet the parameters required for the specific fish species you decide to raise.
Is CEA the future of sustainable farming?
CEA has shown a whopping 80% increase over the past few years as our population has started to grow in huge numbers. While there are more mouths to feed, there is less healthy food to provide and lesser water to spare for agriculture.
Sustainable farming methods like Aquaponics which use about 95% less water and provide fresh organic pesticide-free produce under a controlled environment has started to gain traction among urban families across the world as it seems to be more viable and practical under the current conditions.
Locally grown food using Aquaponics under a controlled environment , has helped improve local economies while providing unique varieties of pesticide-free organic food.
Places like Dubai, Africa, Egypt etc have plenty of lands yet it is difficult for them to begin agriculture due to lack of water or arable land. Here is where CEA can play a huge role in bringing sustainable agriculture to such places.
By this method, fresh organic food can be grown in any season and any form of contained area, may it be a skyscraper, your home warehouse or even in space. It also brings great opportunities to infertile locations and provides hope for sustainable agriculture.
CEA has become increasing looked as a practical alternative for modern food production that can yield quicker produce in a shorter duration of time.
That is a wrap, folks!!!
Now you must have a fair idea to what controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is. Hope this blog was able to help you understand it in the most comprehensive way possible.
If there is still some unsurety to what CEA is, we would love to give you a tour of our farm where we implement it as well.
While you wrap up on this blog and decide to become a Farmpreneur, we would be here to give you the right guidance for you to start your own Aquaponic farm under a controlled environment.
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