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An introduction to aquaponics
Championed by Kolektif Rivier Nwar, the "Aquaponics Project" primarily aims to help families grow their own food while simultaneously providing them with extra income opportunities.
Committed to social responsibility towards those in need, the MUA Foundation has partnered with the association and other partners to bring this remarkable project to life for seven families in the village of Les Salines.
Aquaponics combines two innovative approaches — aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (closed-loop agriculture). Under the expert guidance of Hansraj Seechurn from "Tilapia Aquaponics," these families have set up their own vegetable gardens and established a rotation system for shared responsibility in production.
At the time of their first lettuce harvest, they formed a cooperative and contacted a local restaurant to sell their freshly harvested produce.
Two MUA employees accompanied this group on their educational journey. "We discovered an eco-friendly farming method that eliminates the need for pesticides and allows year-round harvests without requiring a lot of time and effort," recounts Cindy Hector.
Clarel Marie, another participant, was astonished by the water-saving potential of this technique. He explains, "Not only does it promote self-sufficiency in food production for individuals, but it also contributes to preserving our natural resources."
Cindy and Clarel were both highly inspired by their experience, and as a result, they are considering setting up their own home aquaponics systems to personally experience the benefits of this environmentally friendly approach.