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  • Birthday 10/23/69

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    We focus on replicating right aquaponics organic farming in scale!
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    Commercial Aquaponics

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    Nanniode, India

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  1. For the pacu lovers.. Here is an image of the red-bellied pacu (nutter) seedlings that were added today at SVVU Aquaponics, Fisheries Research Station, Sree Venkateswara Veterinary University, Undi, Andhrapradesh, India.
  2. We were playing with sand again at ISKCON Aquaponics today! This is a prototype open-field partial rain-shelter protected structure build in about 200 m2 for hopefully a much larger commercial aquaponics enterprise in multiple acreage scale by NARDC's CSAF Madurai - Avyukta Aquaponics. Fish planned - Koi Carp Plants in yield trials - Coriander (Cilantro), Mint, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Chillies, Brinjal, Snakegourd, Bittergourd, Ash gourd, Pumpkin, Paneer Rose, Marikolundhu (artemisia pallens), etc. Techniques in yield comparison trials - sand culture flood/drain, sand culture constant flow, sand bucket culture, cucumber mats, vining crops in A-frame; semi-decoupled raft culture, nutrient flow culture in A-frame and vertical frame, etc. A go-live event by ISKCON is planned on October 19, 2018. More later. Questions welcome!
  3. Another aquaponics peeragogy meeting with the fisheries scientists, professors Suguna and Veerabadra Rao, at SVVU-FRS, Undi, AP.. Commercial scale planting of tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, okra, and a local variety of chakkarakeli bananas are in their first crop that began today. More later.
  4. New product we are now distributing..Heirloom Clove Beans Seeds. Scientific name: Ipomoea Muricata Common names: Nitya Vazhuthana (നിത്യവഴുതന), Kattuthali (Tamil), Mitchi (Hindi and Bengali), Garyo (Gujarati), Gariya (Marathi), etc. These heirloom clove beans facing almost extinction are being raised in our aquaponics sand culture nursery facility that are naturally decontaminated and controlled for diseases. This gives you a good healthy plant to start with. This is very important. It is a very easy-to-grow vining plant and can be grown throughout the year. The tender and swollen pedicel of the fruit is used as a delicious vegetable. The edible fruits are prepared into tasty curries just as brinjal, okra, or coccinia (little gourd). Leaves are used in natural pest control. It is replicated using seeds. FYI..
  5. Good leadership is about capacity building. That's what TNJFU is focusing on. A good leader is not someone who gives you the fish - he is the one who teaches you how to fish. Current agriculture technologies fail to consider the underlying problems which are destroying agriculture. NARDC has the knowledge to implement and replicate Aquaponics organic farming movement combining the RAS (recirculating aquaculture systems) and organic olericulture on scale. That's what we are happily working with TNJFU. As we complete phase 1 works today at TNJFU-ICAR-KVK Aquaponics demonstration facility at Sikkal, Nagapattinam, here is a picture for you. More later.
  6. Working with CSAF Madurai in producing tonnes of mint leaves per day.. It has given a new dimension to us growing in commercial aquaponics sand culture in acreage scale, hopefully in several acres of mint/coriander production. What do you think are the challenges ahead? Any large scale mint growers? Pictured is high quality fresh-cut mint for today's breakfast at Nanniode. 10 days mint yield data in aquaponics sand culture.. 152 grams per square feet at 8-9 inches. Expecting 300+ grams per square feet at about 12-16 inches long in 20 days. Is this good or bad? Currently looking out to compare this data with other organic growing techniques including soil culture. Can anyone point me to a study?
  7. "The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest." - Deepika Padukone - The fruits from this papaya tree is almost there.. This is from our aquaponics sand culture yield and optimization trials at NARDC. No need for any fancy plumbing or filtration gimmicks. Your satisfaction will come only from the doing and not in the telling.
  8. Another way in reaching out Mark with direct financial aid is, "Use my paypal act at paypal.me/MMcMurtry123 same as https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/my/profile?locale.x=en_US&country.x=US"
  9. Sent an email to Mark already and hopefully he is able to read and respond to his email. I am so happy he got evacuated in time unharmed from such a tragedy, disaster and loss. No words for this huge shock and no one can go back and change what has happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the good doctor for a new start.
  10. Fresh after-school snacks for kids today.. It's the first fruit of Red Lady papaya in aquaponics sand culture yield trial at Nanniode. Hope they make better cuts for you next time..
  11. Hi MH, they are supposedly dwarf papaya species growing in the old/matured 12-16 inches deep sand culture beds. I was initially worried about the roots effecting the liners. I had to cut down many when they began hitting the roof of the rain shelter structure. Noted they have medium tap roots and have developed many side feeders, the largest concentration being at the top 10 inches. There is no risk with shorter beds but if I do the same thing over again, I would keep slightly deeper filter beds and more spacing for trees such as papaya, banana, or black pepper plants.
  12. Happy Teachers Day! On this teacher's day, here is thanks to all my teachers and mentors at APN especially the Jedi master Mark who may also be reading this. "Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different. Yoda: No. No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned. Luke: All right, I'll give it a try. Yoda: No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try." Source: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back When Luke tells Yoda that he'll try his darnedest, Yoda scolds him. ... Basically, to Yoda, "trying" doesn't accomplish much. Luke should either decide that he can lift the X-wing fighter out and do it, or make up his mind to quit. Learning to use the Force is a mental game, so your state of mind is what matters most. "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Adams -
  13. Papaya yield trial in aquaponics sand culture.. This is the first yield trial at NARDC to access the commercial suitability of red lady hybrid papaya cultivar in aquaponics sand culture conditions. They are being evaluated for growth, yield, quality and pest incidences. The progress has been satisfactory up to now. Here is a picture for you.
  14. We at NARDC are the first prize winners in the BEST Start-up Company category at RISC 2018 organized by NIRDPR, Hyderabad! Oh, did you know we have become a private limited company since December 2017 after having been working on aquaponics ways of organic farming for over 6 years with a focused purpose of "global replication of right aquaponics organic farming movement for water conservation and food security!" NARDC is currently working in partnership with several universities, NGOs, the private sector organizations, individual farmers and certified sustainable aquaponics franchisees (CSAF) developing scalable aquaponics organic farming solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. This national recognition means a new beginning for us. Lots more can be accomplished working together with RTP, NIRDPR and Ministry of Rural Development team at national level. Over to you..
  15. FYI.. The projects that are currently being replicated are as follows.. 1. CSAF Madurai, a prototype project in 180 m2 build area, built to test the concepts for a much larger commercial replication hopefully in between 100 and 1000 acreage area. We will have both solution and substrate culture models such as nutrient flow culture, raft culture, and sand culture here. 2. CSAF Bangalore Zone 3, 1000 m2 CEA-GH, first of its kind and largest installation we made this far. 3. TNJFU's second demonstration project in collaboration with ICAR-KVK at Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu, 200 m2.