Not your ordinary field trip. When the students at Henry Nginza primary were told they were going to learn about farming, they were expecting to tromp around a field of sweet potatoes or cabbage. Imagine their surprise when they were introduced to the field of aquaponics at INMED’s demonstration system at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They were even more surprised to learn that the fish fertilize the lush plants in the grow beds, which filter and return clean water to the fish.
This Mondelēz International Foundation-funded system produces approximately 28 tons of various greens, 4.4 tons of tomatoes and approximately 2.1 tons of fish annually to supplement the nutritional needs of children at disadvantaged schools in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan area. It also serves as a research tool for NMMU ag students studying sustainable food production practices that conserve natural resources at a time when drought has been threatening the water supply and food security in the Nelson Mandela Bay region.
Learn more at https://inmed.org.