Aquaponics = Aquaculture + Organic Hydroponics
Integrated fish and plants farming!
When our ancestors tossed a few dead fish into the ground with their vegetable seeds, they were providing a great source of fertilizers. Since fish decay rapidly, their proteins and amino acids quickly turn into nitrogen which can be used by the plants. A 21st-century version of the plants/fish combination, Aquaponics, uses live fish to supply the nutrients. This not only smells a whole lot better, it makes a lot of sense. You get two high value crops from the same space and the same amount of water. From small scale hobby systems to experimental domestic projects in protective shelters such as rain shelters or small polyhouses, integrating aquaculture with vegetable production has turned out to be a good way to increase commercial agricultural profits and improve food supplies in India.
Two principal applications of the aquaponics technology are readily apparent. One is as a small-holder activity using local inputs, providing food self-sufficiency plus a surplus for the cash market. A second application is as large-scale, commercial enterprise/s sited near population centers. Either approach could be combined with ongoing water conservation/harvesting, gardening, local-food or commercial greenhouse projects, planned or already in place. This technology is eminently applicable to the requirements of regions where water and/or land resource availability are dominantly limiting to food production. The shortage of fresh water and loss of prime agricultural lands to accommodate growing human populations will require the development of new crops and new agricultural systems to meet the demands for food, fiber, and fuel while reducing the environmental impacts of their production.
The objectives of this presentation are also to identify the opportunities and challenges affecting commercial aquaponic system sustainability and to suggest avenues for future research and demonstration that will increase mass-scale adoption of this system by the agriculture community.
The objectives of this post is to create awareness of this high value agriculture (HVA) and to help identify the opportunities and challenges affecting commercial aquaponic system sustainability. We hope to see a mass-scale adoption of this system by the agriculture community.
You are welcome to be a part of aquaponics organic farming movement. Any questions on this way of farming or the progress we made so far, you may ask here. Let us discuss.