Controlled Environment Agriculture
Projects and Initiatives
Controlled Environment Agriculture or "Indoor Agriculture" is a technology based approach towards food production, which aims to provide protection and maintain optimal conditions for growing. CEA involves a combination of engineering, plant science and computer-managed technologies that optimise production efficiency.
The goal of CEA is to circumvent any external limitations, minimizing factors of seasons and implications of unpredictable weather for example. The new wave of innovations within this category, recently emerged that augments traditional greenhouse technologies, by extending wider controls over the variables involved in growing plants, including :-
- Carbon Dioxide
- Air Temperature
There is a growing interest in scientific research and funding for CEA internationally. Primary objectives within this sector put emphasis on increasing the sustainability of greenhouses, with intentions to reduce carbon emissions. Encouraging the practice of environmentally friendly agriculture production systems; that minimise the use of fossil fuels and increase the reliance of renewable energy. Ultimately to produce healthy produce that can be traced in the whole production chain.
IAG interlink the knowledge of chemistry, horticulture, engineering, plant physiology, plant pathology and computing to create an atmospheric environment, for the development of agricultural growth. Ensuing a year-round, high quality crop production within a controlled environment, for the optimisation of horticultural practice. The most advanced form of commercial CEA use hydroponics and aeroponics.
The primary driver accelerating the movement in Indoor Agriculture has been due to technological advancements, fuelled by rapid innovations in irrigation techniques, development of engineering, advanced plant breeding and a host of other innovations mentioned previously. CEA has received increasing attention in the past decade for its ability to supplement food systems in a sustainable manner.
Technology in particular have enhanced crop production within controlled environments to the sophisticated techniques that CEA are possible of achieving today. The digital and computerised environmental control systems, play a vital role alongside the advancements of mechanisation and automation. The success of each is based on the approach of allowing for CEA production to a be a system consisting of numerous interacting components. Working together in harmony for higher quality of crop types, and greater yields with precision management. IAG hardware and software create state of the art facilities, scalable for your needs.
The two most important environmental variables for growing plants are temperature and light IAG have employed lighting systems, that are incomparable to no other. Proven by numerous case studies, allowing us to be at the forefront of the industry and the sector of horticultural lighting. Intensity, spectrum and intervals are crucial aspects for plant growth optimisation, regarding light. IAG have catered for these factors. Our intelligent temperature control systems serves the purpose of protecting the produce from the harsh outdoor elements. Allowing us to fully monitor and control humidity levels.