What is aquaponics?
A combination of fish cultivation and hydroponic vegetable production in a closed system that:
- Utilizes 85% less water than traditional agriculture
- Is intensive, producing approximately 10 times as much in the same space
- Is self-contained and organic, utilizing the nutrient-rich water from the fish tank to water and fertilize the plants, and the gravel to clean and oxygenate the water, which is returned to the fish tank.
How does it work?
- The plants grow in gravel which acts as a filter, capturing the nutrients and converting the nitrites to nitrites to fertilize the plants
- The gravel also acts as a medium to clean and oxygenate the water, which is returned to the fish tank
- The water that is returned to the fish tank is cleaned and oxygenated
- Both fish and plants can be produced (vegetables, herbs, flowers) for family consumption and income generation
- INMED’s design costs much less than commercial systems on the international marked and utilizes simple, modular design utilizing local materials
- INMED’s design is simplified and modular, allowing small farmers to start with one module to feed the family with extra to sell at the local market, generating income relatively quickly, and enabling them to learn the system and assure quality control, progressively adding more modules for income generation.
- The simple technology, productivity and environmental aspects are used to inspire and train the next generation of farmers.
- It sustainable: once farmers have the system and training, they can continue to produce, generate income, expand and train others.