Aquaponics In Uganda
In Depth Explanation
The commercial farming of fish is very profitable, the only problem used to be in the excrement of the fish. Not anymore because with aquaponics we use the excrement as top grade fertiliser for our plants.
This is nothing new though; as far back as the Aztecs (1300 to 1521) farmers were raising fish next to crops. The good thing is that techniques have improved over the years making aquaponics a very profitable venture. Perfect for Joeboentoe because with aquaponics we can create jobs, feed disadvantaged children, sell healthy products and help protect the environment.
At the start of 2020 we will kick of our agro project pilot. At first we will start with a medium sized system and a small vegetable garden and slowly expand when we gain more knowledge (and funding). The goal of the pilot is to collect data on the costs and the revenues of the system. During the pilot we will sell our products to local restaurants and local people who appreciate organic produce. A big advantage of aquaponics is that it can grow fruits and vegetables that local farmers can’t grow. We will, for example, grow organic strawberries, a rarity in Uganda and a treat restaurants are very anxious to put on their menu!
After The Pilot
When the system has been operational for two full years, we summarize all the data and write a project proposal for the United Nations. We are confident our agro aquaponics project is one of the ways to make sure we reach the Sustainable Development Goals. There are 17 goals and our project applies to many! We hope to be able to show them that Joeboentoe, with some financial help from sponsors, can transform our pilot into a big social project that benefits the earth as wel as its inhabitants!
The Costs Of The Pilot 2020 / 2021
The total costs of the project over the years 2020 and 2021 are budgeted at € 5.000
The start-up costs of the pilot are high, that is the main reason most farmers in Uganda can’t start a project like this. The recurring costs over the years are really low because there is little need for water, no need for herbicides and pesticides.
In the graph to the right you can see how the costs are build up. Move the mouse over the graph and you will see the category and percentage.