Aquaponics: Launch of a Greenhouse in Réduit

Government Endorsement of Aquaponics-Launch of a Greenhouse in Réduit

This Saturday, July 1st, Minister of Agro-Industry Maneesh Gobin personally launched an aquaponic greenhouse at the Crop Research Station in Réduit. South African consultants conducted aquaponics training for several officers from FAREI. These officers will then train farmers and entrepreneurs interested in adopting this clean and sustainable technique, which eliminates the need for pesticides. Aquaponics involves cultivating fish and plants within the same system, utilizing fish waste as a nutrient source for plants.

For Minister Maneesh Gobin, aquaponics embodies a forward-looking technique that seamlessly aligns with the government’s policy to promote sustainable agriculture free from pesticides. Additionally, he emphasized that under the Sheltered Farming Scheme, grants are available for farmers to finance their future aquaponics projects.


Aquaponic Farming

Natural Processes and Efficiency of aquaponics

Further insights into aquaponics reveal that it emulates natural processes found in ponds, lakes, and streams. This method harnesses the natural nitrogen cycle to enhance plant and fish cultivation efficiency while minimizing waste. Aquaponics offers numerous benefits to farmers, eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers since fish provide nutrient-rich input to plants. Moreover, it proves remarkably water-efficient, with research indicating aquaponic gardens utilize only a fraction (1/10th) of the water required for soil-based gardens. Consequently, aquaponics conserves up to 90% more water compared to traditional soil cultivation methods.

The implementation of aquaponic systems presents an innovative solution to modern agricultural challenges and fosters a more sustainable approach to food production. By integrating fish and plant cultivation, aquaponics shows how we can harness natural ecosystems to meet human needs while minimizing environmental impact. As awareness grows and technology advances, aquaponics holds significant promise for transforming farming practices and ensuring food security in the face of growing global demand.

The launch of the aquaponic greenhouse signals a new era in agriculture, driven by innovation and sustainability. As interest in aquaponics grows, it is poised to revolutionize food production in Mauritius, offering a viable solution to challenges such as water scarcity and pesticide dependence. Minister Gobin expresses optimism about the future of aquaponics, envisioning it as a cornerstone of Mauritius’ agricultural landscape.

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