‘We obviously need the proceeds from the fish and vegetable cultivation, but that’s not the main reason why we are doing this. Our goal is to sell the technology and implement our concept with partners,’ says Christian Echternacht. They have already successfully set up a farm in Switzerland. They have now built a 2,400m2 farm in Brussels and completed it in 2018. Today it is the largest farm in Europe. Additional projects are planned in Germany, Albania or Namibia.
The Principle ‘Fish Fertilises Plant’?
The tomato/fish principle is quite effective in practical terms: 30 tonnes of vegetables and 25 tonnes of tilapia (cichlids) are produced annually on the premises of the ‘Malzfabrik’. Compared to conventional cultivation, it saves 90 percent water and 70 percent surface area. The operators also do not need to rely on synthetic fertiliser. Its customers include various Michelin-decorated restaurants, the ‘Frische Paradies’ gourmet food supplier and three Berlin METRO halls. The entrepreneurs have even already sold fresh food boxes to people living in Berlin.