Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, October 11
The Centre for Growth of Superior Computing (C-DAC), Mohali, has developed the know-how for aquaponic cultivation of crops, which isn’t solely environment-friendly but additionally has excessive socio-economic advantages for the farming neighborhood.
Aquaponics is an rising approach through which each fish in addition to crops complement one another to maintain and develop. The fish waste offers natural meals for crops and the crops naturally filter the water which is used to replenish the fish tank. There isn’t a requirement for using soil and fertilisers.
“The method is totally natural, will increase the productiveness of the given land, saves water and in addition augments the farmers’ earnings,” Dr PK Khosla, director C-DAC, mentioned, including: “The know-how has been developed and appropriate protocols have been developed for scientists and farmers,” he added.
A pilot undertaking to develop the know-how was awarded to C-DAC by the Ministry of Data and Expertise and a funds of Rs 1.60 crore sanctioned for it. A plant has been arrange at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences College (GADVASU), Ludhiana, which is scheduled to be inaugurated tomorrow.
Scientists from GADVASU in addition to Punjab Agricultural College, Ludhiana, are additionally being related to the undertaking.
Water from the fish tanks is made to stream by way of horizontal pipes which might be mounted on a framework one on prime of the opposite with the required hole to accommodate the crops. Holes are made within the pipes into which small perforated cups, containing crops, are laid. The roots of the crops draw the vitamins from water flowing by way of the pipes. The pipes will be stacked as much as an affordable top, thereby drastically decreasing the realm required for a similar variety of crops to be cultivated.
Aquaponics is appropriate to domesticate lettuce, spinach, capsicum, coriander, broccoli and another leafy crops with out using soil, pesticides and fertilizers. The realm the place crops develop is enclosed in a glasshouse-like construction.
In accordance with a scientist at C-DAC, three water tanks with a mixed capability of 54,000 litres, containing three kg of fish, have been put in on the pilot undertaking. The fish would additional multiply. This amount is adequate to maintain 2,000 crops.
Although aquaponics is a comparatively new discipline in India, it’s being utilized in many components of the world because it presents a various and steady poly-culture system that permits farmers to develop greens and lift fish on the identical time. Whereas it’s ecologically sustainable, aquaponics additionally reduces strain on land and cuts down operational prices.