Can you have a farm without land?

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Can you have a farm without land?

Ask just about anyone what the first thing you need to start a farm is and they will tell you “land”. But you don’t actually need very much space at all.

Khan Chandara, 26, is farming both fish and vegetables, but in a very special way. “My farm does not require me to have land,” Dara boasts.

Stepping onto the roof of Dara’s house, you see a large number of tubes connecting plants with fish tanks. This, Dara says, is modern farming.

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“I decided to create this kind of farm because I wanted to experiment with what I learned at school, and I also wanted to produce organic food for my family,” Dara says.

“My set-up allows me to raise fish and cultivate vegetables at the same time. The waste of the fish is the food for the plants, and the waste of the plants is the food for the fish. It is a circle, a cycle.”

Although it might sound complicated, Dara says that with some simple research anyone can learn how to start their own modern farm.

“If we do traditional farming, we have to use fertilizer to make a crop grow well, but modern farming is much easier – we can grow wherever we want!”

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