Context: A pilot ‘Aquaponics facility’ developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mohali at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University (GADVASU), Ludhiana was inaugurated recently.
- It is an emerging technique in which both fishes as well as the plants are grown in an integrated manner.
- In this technique the fish waste provides fertilizer for growing plants. The plants absorb nutrients and filter the water.
- This filtered water is used to replenish the fish tank. Aquaponics is an environmentally friendly technique.
About the pilot Aquaponics facility
- It is the first of its kind in the region, it is also equipped with advanced sensors for monitoring and automated controls.
- It has been developed with the funding support from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
- The facility is nearly 100% organic, needs much less land for a given yield of crop, consumes 90% less water, the fish and plants so grown are also more nutritious.
Significance of the system
- Aquaponics and related alternative farming techniques are highly required to improve the status of farmers.
- This technique will help the farmer in increasing the productivity of his land and also augment his income.
Keeping up with the increasing demand: The demand for fishes and such crops is increasing rapidly in urban areas and aquaponics systems should be very helpful in increasing the farmer’s income, especially in non-coastal areas.
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