Aquaponics, the process of growing plants in water with fish waste, will be on trial in Nevis with the Department of Agriculture currently adapting ways to ensure food security and has introduced it to the farming community.
The department held the 24th edition of the Department of Agriculture Open day March 22-23 at the Villa Grounds, in Charlestown. The two day event was held under the theme Building Resilience through Climate Change for Food and Nutrient Security’. The event was held under the patronage of DOA livestock farmer Eugene Maynard.
According to The Aquaponics Source “Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish. The third participants are microbes (nutrifying bacteria). These bacteria convert ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, and then into nitrates. Nitrates are the form of nitrogen that plants can uptake and use to grow. Solid fish waste is turned into overoptimistic that also acts as food for the plants”.
It says that by combining both hydroponic and aquaculture systems, quadraphonic capitalizes on their benefits, and eliminates the drawbacks of each.
Speaking at the event, Minister with responsibility of Agriculture Hon Alexis Jeffers said that for the first time in Nevis the department is practicing quadraphonic.
“At the Department of Agriculture we are finding ways and means that we are practicing climate smart agriculture. Based on the theme that we are using for this particular event, Building Resilience Through Climate Change for Food and Nutrient Security, we have to continue doing all the things necessary to ensure that what we are experiencing these days , hotter climates, longer draught periods,
“We are doing the right things, at the right time to ensure that we are securing our self for the future,” Minister Jeffers said.
Jeffers said that though we should find ways and ways of practicing food security we should also focus on the nutritional value as well.
” We should not only concentrate on food security but nutritional security as well is important. The food that we consume, the food that our children consume has to be wholesome enough to ensure that we creating healthy lives and healthy lifestyle here on the island of Nevis,” he said.