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04/09/2017

Advancing Aquaponics – FAO regional training workshop in Antigua

Fresh tilapia is now being sold at Indies Greens, site of the FAO regional training workshop on Advancing Aquaponics for five countries across the Caribbean. 

A sign advertising fresh tilapia for sale at Indies Greens.

Bred and raised here under the supervision of Larry Francis and his team, these tilapia are grown using aquaponics. With aquaponics, the farmer combines the recirculating aquaculture with hydroponic vegetables – the fish water is used as fertilizer for the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish. The result is value-added, local production of both fish and vegetables together using the same water.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is supporting the development of aquaponics throughout the Caribbean region, starting with a technical training workshop hosted at Indies Greens from 14-18 August 2017.

Fifteen participants from five countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis) will take part in the training activities which will include lectures and theoretical discussions on the biological, chemical and physical requirements to ensure the production of the highest quality fish and vegetables.

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Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Indies Greens.

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