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  1. Another day of weekend fun for kids fishing FRESH TILAPIA! It was day #2 for them. These Chitralada stain Nile tilapia are our own babies bred and raised locally in aquaponics at NARDC Nanniode. Aquaponics fish have little in common with their wild brethren growing in stagnant mud ponds. These clean-tasting high quality tilapia are unpolluted with synthetic chemicals and more importantly have an appealing and delicate flavor. Kids in aquaponics that make today's lunch exciting again..
  2. Dear all, I have created this topic to document our own IAVS progress and findings.. In brief, we have over 2+ years of hands-on experience working with various commercial-scale Aquaponics systems.. media beds, NFTs, DWCs, etc. We are now building our first batch of sand beds believing in the IAVS vision. This is to apply as an extension to our current systems. Next, I will update you the progress with some pictures. I look forward to your support. Please share your questions, comments, suggestions.. Thank you.. Kind regards, vkn
  3. Weekend fun! First fish catch by my kids using spinning wheel fishing kit..Boys A1 and A2 working together caught 10 fish for the lunch in 30 minutes from the aquaponics fish culture tanks.. A3 had no luck at this time and wants to go to a nearby dam or river for fishing this vacation but was curious and had good fun! Kids love aquaponics maybe because they look at fish as their pets. Fish is low in fat, high in protein and rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Once they are taught how to fishing, hooking them to eating fish regularly becomes easier. That's what I think. Your thoughts!
  4. On aquaponics farm operators.. A sustainable aquaponics farm operator job description could be as follows.. jotted down in a random order of importance. 1. 14-hour work days on Mondays through Sundays (all days).. 4-6 hour break in between the day shift. Redundancy or a fail-safe backup. 2. To participate in most aspects of the aquaponics farm work; including seeding, transplanting, irrigation management, trellising, harvesting, and packing certified sustainable aquaponics produce boxes. 3. Strong work ethic, good attention to detail, and a positive attitude. 4. Physical fitness is not a mandatory requirement (no heavy lifting, so a disabled person or an aged/retired professional can also do a good job) 5. Repetitive integrated pest management (IPM) tasks.. A gram of Prevention (with a capital P) is worth a kilo of cure. The 99% of effective disease/pest management is prevention. The other 1% is careful observation such as to detect the very first signs of a problem and to be prepared (in advance) to respond immediately (keep the problem from becoming a catastrophe). Thanks to Mark for this. 6. Ability to work independently and as part of the team to get the work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. 7. Ability to make decisions and be self-directed when needed. 8. Emotional maturity and respect for self and others. 9. Availability for the entire project duration. This is important too. Add your inputs.. Pictured is Balaji, the aquaponics farm operator at TNJFU Aquaponics Research Complex, Madavaram, Chennai, at the first day of his work.
  5. TNJFU Aquaponics Research Complex at ARFF, Madavaram, Chennai, has gone operational today. Based on NARDC Model 1b design, the total build area is 500 m2. Here are some pictures from day #1. Wish us every success!
  6. Good input..thank you Ande! I am now working with the designer to see if we could make the first Letters in the 3 words stand out in some way, color or size or the words Franchise/Produce standing out.. We are also working on a handbook with guidance and instructions that will assist the certified CSA-P operations. I will update you on the registration status along with the guidelines.
  7. Find below the two TMs that are coming on our way.. If you have any inputs on these, let me know by today evening please, it is appreciated!
  8. Good to hear from you, Ande. A special thank you for following along! Chronicling is easy. Hope it serves a purpose or maybe not.. I am still in here.
  9. Papaya in aquaponics.. We recently began this commercial yield trial of hybrid red lady papaya in aquaponics sand culture at Nanniode. Twenty papaya seedlings were added in this first trial at a diagonal spacing of 1.2 m x 1.8 m. No changes in the irrigation events or sequences. They are now in matured and established 2-year-old sand filters. They should be ready to harvest during next Ramadhan period and continually for the next 2 years thereafter. More later.
  10. Raising fresh fish is like growing your own food or a cash crop.. you do not need several tens of acres. For today's dinner.. Here is one of our own nile tilapia Chitralada stain babies from the domesticated brood stocks. Nursery rearing helps ensuring consistent production of fry and fingerlings. It is about 4 to 5 months old, now a plate-size fish weighing 250+ grams.
  11. Tomatoes everywhere @ Eden Aquaponics.. spinach being harvested as a secondary crop
  12. Replicating what we do at SVVU Aquaponics unit @ Fisheries Research Station, Sree Venkateswara Veterinary University, Undi, AP.. Based on NARDCs Model 1b design, the protected rain/sun shelter works are now completed.. Phase two works began today. If all goes well as planned, we should be making this operational by March first week. At build area 621 m2, the food production goal from this commercial aquaponics facility is 4-6 tonnes of fresh fish and 15-30 tonnes of organic veggies per annum. The more the merrier.. based on the operator's crop management and IPM skills. More later then.. Thank you for following along and watching our progress!
  13. Sand magic and fish-powered tomatoes.. While I am here at Nanniode, here is one more picture from our open-field aquaponica trials. We had heavy rains yesterday. Traveling to Andhra tonight, SVVU Aquaponics works are in good progress.
  14. Harvest from the new variety tomatoes in yield trial is progressing well. Here is what we've got today at Nanniode - fresh vine-ripened aquaponics tomatoes.
  15. This is our first watermelon yield trial at the hanging aquaponics garden of Nanniode, both in sand media culture and run to waste container cuture. The plants are growing fine except a few events of leaf burns due to aphids. We are now monitoring this and to adopt those cultural controls. It is fruit setting time and overall it looks fine for now! More later..
  16. Aufin, sorry I missed replying. They are doing good. Fish, veggies, annd medicinals being harvested. Please get into the photo section of my FB..there are several picture updates. I will get the latest and post them for you here.
  17. Sorry I missed this. We spoke over phone a couple of times right. Are you the one? Are your plans working the way you desired?
  18. Thanks for watching! Yes, sometimes I feel precious for the works happening around, trying to replicate what we have been doing in mass scale, etc. More stories are yet to come. How is Mark doing? Missing the good doctor already.
  19. Not a single soul out here at APN has watched this video or does have any comments or simply prayers? I think it is time to pack up my bags and leave it all behind.. Bye now!
  20. Introducing Ms Muthu Leesa John; Eden Aquaponics, Thodupuzha! Wish them all the best and please pass it on!
  21. Fresh Anabas cobojius, the Gangetic koi fish @ Nanniode, from our third aquaponics yield trial batch.. Here is a short video. Also trying to sex some of these for the development of domesticated brood stocks for consistent production of fry and fingerlings. Numerous challenges ahead!
  22. And this.. What's your BHAG in 2018? BHAG = big hairy audacious goals! For us at NARDC, our impact goal is to assist 10-25 NARDC Aquaponics Franchise partners in 2018 working together across the world replicating what we do! Each aquaponics franchisee creating 8 to 10 commercial aquaponics projects (NARDC models 1b or 1a) at their assigned district territories. Good News: As a social franchising initiative, 50% off on franchise registration fees to military veterans, NGOs, charitable trusts, and the young investors less than 25 years of age. This is for a limited time. Are you coming? Batch 1 NARDC Aquaponics Franchise Orientation Training event is scheduled to be on Jan 26, 27, and 28, 2018 in Chennai. How may I help you? The franchisees are selected on a first-come first-served basis. Send us an expression of interest email, read through the shared FAQ document, and ask specific questions for clarity. You are welcome! Details are here - www.nardc.in Please pass it on.. vkn CMD, NARDC Building a successful organic farming community! One aquaponics farmer at a time!
  23. From groundnut yield trial..
  24. In fact several things to update here, let me first share some recent pictures. Pumpkins..
  25. NARDC's Aquaponics yield and variety trials at Nanniode.. this is what we have this season. I am feeling a wee bit better today than over the past week or so. Noteworthy new stuff under aquaponics sand culture trials are the carrots, pumpkin, and colocasia bog filter (last picture). Arka Rakshak Tomatoes under a very old trial are now being removed and replaced with stevia, strawberry, cauliflower, various amaranthus, spinach, and beets. FYI.. We at NARDC intends to provide direct unbiased yield comparisons and results of our various heirloom vegetables and hybrid varieties/species produced in many different aquaponics sand culture environments, irrigation, nutrient distribution, plant scheduling, fish/feed input schedule, balanced fish growth, risk management, etc. Hopefully NARDC's legal status would soon be confirmed (fingers crossed) and most of our data will be posted online soon after that. I appreciate all our followers. Thanks for following NARDC's facebook page "aquaponicsfuturist."