The EcoFARM is the customized Oceansing Aquaponics System that has been enhanced by Mero Farm technical experts to enable the growing of crops and fishes in one system for commercial farming. The aquaponics ecosystem combines the strengths of traditional aquaculture and hydroponics growing methods to complement each other and strike the balance for both crops and fishes to co-exist together. The basic principle of aquaponics relies on feeding the fish and using the produced fish waste as essential nutrients for the crops. The fish waste are broken down by microbes and worms to produce the essential nutrients that are absorbed by the crops. Through this process, the crops help to clean and purify the water back to the fishes.

Farming Technology

The value of the EcoFARM is that it is a closed-loop re-circulating sustainable system that produces its own nutrients and purifies the water in the process. It is also enhanced with various technologies that increases productivity and reduces the hassle of commercial farming.

Technologies Employed:

  • Recirculating Water(No Mosquitoes)
  • Water Top Up Automation
  • Controlled Artificial Sunlight(Indoor only)
  • Biological Filtration(in-house formulated solution)
  • Algae Removal through UV Filtration
  • Sprinkler System
  • Smart Automation and Monitoring Technologies

Team Building

With the EcoFARM, students can develop team work and leadership roles where they work in small groups to take care of the aquaponics system. Students can form teams to take care of seed planting and germination themselves. They can engage in small group discussions on how the aquaponics system is faring and show their understanding and explanations based on what they observe. They can propose how they think is the correct way to go about doing the farming. Teachers can come in to guide and facilitate real-life scenario learning where different conditions can be injected into the aquaponics system to test the understanding of the students. The students will need to work together and solve various small assignments which will further develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Think Out of The Box

With a larger system, crops absorbs more nutrients and fishes produces more waste and the aquaponics system will be more susceptible to sudden changes in the water. They can vary factors such as simulated sunlight and moonlight, water pH, light intensity, temperature, nutrients and even ammonia to observe the impact of such changes on a classroom scale aquaponics system. Students and teachers can remotely access the monitoring system and observe the growth and changes to the aquaponics system at any time to understand the extent of the impact by varying the different factors. Teachers can use the monitoring system to lessen their workload by using it as a teaching resource to cultivate thinking out of the box for any changes to the aquaponics system. In addition, teachers can make use of the smart monitoring to ensure the health of the aquaponics system.

Collaborative Learning

Students can tap on social media channels like Facebook to log down and document their observations and readings when they are growing different crops and fishes. This can serve as an online encyclopedia within the school where each student or class documents and archive the different variety of crops and fishes that they have successfully experimented. By having different students and classes focusing on specific types of crops and fishes will speed up learning and sharing as they can all learn from each other and understand the specific characteristics of each crop and fish type that are available in the market. The problems faced and the solutions came out by students or classes can be used as valuable learning points on how different there may be different approaches to solving a problem. Teachers can then use the various problems as scenario-based learning for students to come out with other innovative solutions to go about tackling the same problem.