Aquaponics: Our Ways of Looking At It

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Aquaponics organic farming movement is the combination of aquaculture (farming fish) and organic olericulture (growing vegetables and fruits). It is the practice of using nutrient rich water that fish are reared in to grow vegetables.

Feed fish.
Fish metabolites remediated by bacteria.
Fish water nourishes plants.
And is recycled.

Benefits:
Two crops from one input.
No effluent (negligible environmental impact).
Productivity six times higher than soil agriculture.
Soil-borne pests, diseases, and weeds are eliminated.
No need for massive pesticide use
No need for chemical fertilizers
Ability to exert greater control over plants ensuring uniform results
Much less water is required than for conventional crop production in the soil
Lower labour requirements
Large plant populations could be grown in very small limited areas.
Accelerated growth
Food crops mature more rapidly and produce greater yields
Quality of most vegetables is better than those of soil-grown vegetables are.
Produce grown aquaponically is found to have a much longer shelf life as well as better keeping qualities.
Areas with little rainfall, poor, or no soil and difficult access were found ideal for aquaponics culture.
New employment opportunities.
About NARDC :

NARDC is an aquaponics franchise company. This means that our primary focus is to replicate what we have been doing – right aquaponics ways of organic farming in scale. NARDC franchisees are known as CSAFs – Certified Sustainable Aquaponics Franchise.

Besides a franchise company, NARDC is also into independent family business doing aquaponics farming, research and development activities. We also produce and sell live fish, fresh vegetables, seeds, seedlings, saplings, and aquaponics supplies all over India.
For several years, an entrepreneurial spirit, long-term vision and focus on innovation have characterized our company’s distinctive features and healthy growth.

NARDC also works in partnership with governments, universities, NGOs, the private sector organizations, individual farmers and franchisees to develop scalable aquaponics organic farming solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health.

NARDC Model Designs
1. Model 1c: One cent aquaponics; build area 40 m2 (suitable for self-providing domestic growers, food production for self, family, relatives and friends)
2. Model 1b: Village-scale backyard aquaponics; build area 200-1000 m2 (owner-operated basic commercial model, food production for the local community or a community supported agriculture model)
3. Model 1a: Commercial aquaponics; build area >= 1000 m2 (for large-scale commercial growers/enterprises)
Join the NARDC campaigns:
1. Grow More Food.  Grow Your Own Food.
2. Empower a Growing Generation.
3. Create a Successful Aquaponics Farming Community.

Creation of a knowledge base of aquaponics in India is part of NARDC’s mandate.  Our mission is to teach and educate people in advance technologies on aquaponics for employment generation and sustainable livelihood.

Disclaimer:
NARDC has full circle aquaponics technology adaptation and demonstration sites at Nanniode, Palakkad, Kerala, India.  They are working models of sustainable production of plants and fish. NARDC was formally established in June 2013 after several months of trials and experiments since 2012.  As an aquaponics knowledge hub presently in India, NARDC has been functioning as a local focal point for the exchange of aquaponics knowledge, support, research, development and sharing ideas.  We are on a mission creating easy and cheap way of aquaponics systems affordable to poor and marginal farmers in India.  There are many different aquaponics techniques and designs involving a variety of construction materials and equipment available in the aquaponics world, however NARDC looks at only the ones we have created and tested ourselves at our demo and commercial sites.  We are researching and trying out new things to perfection based on our own on-farm experiments and findings.
 
CopyLeft policy: Copy the ideas we talk about at your own peril.
 
Inquiries: Please send a gmail at nardckerala.
Facebook page to follow – http://facebook.com/aquaponicsfuturist
Facebook group to ask questions and discussions – http://facebook.com/groups/familyfarmers
Aquaponcis supplies: www.aquaponicsfamilystore.com
NARDC News and project videos: www.aquaponicsfuturist.com
AFFA Online education portal (coming soon): www.affaonline.org
Regards,
Vijayakumar Narayanan
CMD
NARDC Aquqaponics Franchise (OPC) Private Limited
+91 81292 19282; +91 4923 232349
www.aquaponicsfuturist.com, www.nardc.in

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