In the first half of this year, the most modern aquaponic farm in the Czech Republic will be opened in Kaly, north of Brno. At present, the fish part is operating whilst the plant growing area is being reconstructed. The entire farm will use the latest available technologies for the combined farming of salmonids and the cultivation of various plant species.
Special shelf systems will be used to grow mushrooms and leafy vegetables all year round inside the building, with the heated greenhouses guaranteeing the year-round production of fruit vegetables. The outdoor areas of the farm will be used from March to November for the cultivation of a variety of herbs and root vegetables. Experts from Mendel University in Brno, the Technical University of Ostrava and the Aquaponic Research Centre in Přáslavice near Olomouc cooperated on the design of the farm. The plan is to use the farm to research and develop equipment to reduce energy consumption .
At the end of 2020, there will be a modern, fully operational aquaponic farm on the outskirts of Brno designed for a stable and continuous production of fresh vegetable, herbs and freshwater fish throughout the entire year. This project is being realised with the financial support of hundreds of small investors from all over the Czech Republic. The farm area is dominated by heated greenhouses with vertical growing systems for various types of leaf, fruit and root vegetables. The newly built farm will also include fish farming facilities, which will provide a source of nutrients for the cultivated plants. Solar energy will be used to heat the greenhouses. By equipping the greenhouses with modern roofing with high insulating properties, it will be possible to farm thermophilic fish all year round with minimum energy costs. The farm produce will only be distributed locally, with individual buyers being able to make purchases directly from the farm.
The Czech company Future Farming also plans to build aquaponic farms in Slovakia. Preparations for the construction of the first project north of Bratislava are currently underway. An aquaponic greenhouse covering an area of almost 4,000 m2 will be built for growing vegetables and fish farming. The big advantage of aquaponic farms is the minimal impact production has on the environment. The waste from fish metabolism is decomposed and used as fertiliser in the plant growing area
We finance aquaponic farm projects from several different sources. For the majority of projects, we use equity investments. These investors buy the necessary equipment from us, which we take care of for 20 years in our or the investor's premises. This form of cooperation brings us both income from the sale of technology, as well as from the production of the farm itself. It is important to mention that our main business is running farms and selling food. The great advantage for us is that this form of investment does not incur any investment costs, but only operating costs. We also provide capital for them.
We co-own large farm projects with private investors. Here we share profit and costs - for example, the acquisition of the necessary real estate, aquaponic technologies, stocks and feed for fish or vegetable plants. Of course, the know-how remains under our brand. In the future, this form of cooperation makes the most sense and the investor will achieve the most interesting appreciation of the capital.
Smaller private investors, who need, for example, to supplement their investment portfolio with an alternative sector, can also participate in aquaponic farm projects, . In order to enable them to invest in our projects, we have prepared so-called green bonds for them. We also use bank capital to finance our projects. Bond capital and bank capital are mainly used to finance the operation of farms.