Dominican Republic trials aquaponics for tilapia farming

October 21, 2013, 11:56 am

An aquaponics system will be trialled starting May next year to farm tilapia in Santiago in the Dominican Republic, reports The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Aquaponics is an indoor food production method that combines aquaculture with hydroponics, the cultivation of plants in water, rather than soil.

In this case, the system will use the waste from tilapia to provide nutrients for water that is circulated by pumps, siphons and gravity to growth tanks for plants.

The project will be funded by Topeka-based Trash Mountain Project, which estimates $20,000 will be invested to build the system overseas.

The plan is to produce 1,000 pounds of tilapia every six to eight months once the project is fully operational.

Between 1,000 and 2,000 fish could be available for consumption every six to eight months depending on the weight of the tilapia.

In addition, four pounds of vegetables can be produced for each pound of fish, which means 4,000 pounds of vegetables can be produced in the aquaponics system every six to eight months.

The system could not only provide food for domestic consumption, but also, in the future, become a way to make a living for residents living in poverty.

The Trash Mountain Project is testing a prototype in Kansas, US, to then apply it into Dominican Republic as well as other impoverished areas around the world.

Read the full story here.

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