Our experiments with IAVS..

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This info has warned us the need for better precautions and to be sure to follow them wherever possible.  Appreciate your thoughts, Big Daddy.

FYI.. we have very minimal exposure areas to its dust.  I have no idea how they handle it at the mining or crushing/sieving/mixing process though.  We get them packed tight in 50 kg bags (value-added).  I have to work on appropriate precautions when they are 1) unloaded dry from trucks, 2) carried headloaded dry to the filter beds, 3) times of wet surface levelling, etc.  I'm also hoping it for a long time that the quarries wash the dust away before dispatching it.  Not so lucky this far.  If you could get washed sand, go for it even though it comes at a premium price.

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It was time to train the Enza Zaden cherry tomato plants by attaching the vine twines and vine clips.  Here is an update picture of the yield trial at Nanniode.

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Arka Anamika okra cultivar is another crop we found it suitable for cultivation in domestic as well as in large scale commercial aquaponics sand culture units.


For the aquaponics data enthusiasts,  here is some from our Arka Anamika yield trial.. Note, it is a work in progress.  Questions welcome.

Number of plants per square meter - 9
Minimum days to flowering - 31.97
Days to fruit setting -  36.87
Maximum plant height - 120.38 cm (still growing)
Pods per plant - 20.40 (and counting)
Pod weight per plant - 560.6 gm
Yield per square meter - 5.045 kg

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Noble Aquaponics (NARDCs CSAF Alappuzha) had gone live on Friday. 

A 100 m2 demonstration farm facility, it is an owner operated subsistence farming model, surplus produce sold to the local community.  Noble team will lead the aquaponics replication efforts from now on in Alappuzha district of Kerala.

It was kindly inaugurated by the Niranam Gramapanchayat President and Agricultural Officer with blessings from all the near and dear ones of Sreenagesh's family.


Happy aquaponicing, Noble team!

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