The first portion of funding from the governments £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst, part of the UK Industrial Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, will support several projects likely to impact on the fresh produce sector. They (11 groups) will receive a total of £4m; £2.8m funding from government with £1.4m co-investment from industry. One of the 11 companies to recieve the funding one is an Aquaponics growing system.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “This work is critical in supporting the UK’s Agri-tech Strategy and our commitment to establish the UK as a world leader in agriculture technology, innovation and sustainability.”
“GrowUp Urban Farms” will lead a consortium to build the “UK’s first (apparently) aquaponic urban farm”, to quantify the economic and environmental potential of the format. Others have done Aquaponics in the UK like Charlie Prices work back in 2008 with Aquaponics UK but it looks as though they are going to try and do it on a “farm” commercial space, I’ll keep an eye on this for the future.
That said its excellent news that fundings reaching aquaponics companies and it can be better evaluated. I feel the technology has got high potential here in the UK as arable land is very expensive here (£8,813 per acre, prices have trebled in last 10 years), being able to grow without soil is a major advantage their as it’s something you can use to literally grow anywhere from run down trading estates, old car parks and even on grounds that polluted.
These videos aren’t exactly what they are proposing but shows some of their past work on the subject.
COMMENT: My only concern is that it appears they (GrowUp) are saying their only input is fish food but a chemical product is necessary to reduce the PH value of the water so just thought I’d mention that for the uninitiated, I think transparency is important.