Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Aquaponics Farming System
Explain your idea in details:
Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable ways to grow food. It involves a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics in one integrated system. Once youre set up, theres very little maintenance or effort required. The basic premise of aquaponics is that the waste produced by your fish feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish, producing one continuous cycle. This system is based entirely around the nitrogen cycle. When the fish produce waste (ammonia), bacteria break it down into nitrates. A pump then carries this water, which is high in nitrates, to the grow bed where plants are growing. The plants draw nitrogen from the water, which both feeds the plants and cleans the water, making it safe to return to the fish tank. This cycle repeats over and over, with the fish providing nutrition for the bacteria, the bacteria breaking down the fish waste and feeding the plants, and the plants cleaning the water to return back to the fish. There are a few different ways to set up an aquaponics system. The three most common ones are: 1. Deep Water Culture Set Up 2. Nutrient Film Set Up and 3. Media Bed Set Up My idea will implement the deep water culture system, also known as raft-based growing. It uses a floating foam raft commonly used in large commercial setups. It allows the roots of the plants to drop into the water and draw nutrients directly from the channel that the water is running through. The water will have been drawn from the tank where the fish are living, and filtered to remove any solid waste.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Aquaponics uses less water than any other gardeningup to one tenth of the amount used in traditional soil-based gardening. Aquaponics requires less time than regular fishkeeping, because plants do some of the cleaning work for you. Growing with aquaponics is completely organic. You simply cant use any harsh chemicals, because they will be fatal for the fish. Aquaponics grow beds are usually waist high, reducing the strain on your back while you tend to your plants. The amount of time needed to grow with aquaponics versus other forms of food gardening is much less. Food can be grown anywhere: indoors, outdoors, in greenhouses, even in your bedroom Systems can be adapted for your needs small enough to feed a couple or large enough to feed a community.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Firstly, theres need all supplies needed for the projects seed growth soil which includes coconut husk, Cherokee, and wood dust, seedling pots to grow seeds in, and aquaponics system (indoor and outdoor) We then to plant seeds in seedling soil. Note that there must be an adequate amount of water in the seedling pots. Wait for the seeds to sprout before moving them grow beds. We then proceed to moving seeds to different growing areas including grow bed, gravel, and indoor system. Record how long it takes for each plant to reach mini-head stage. Take pictures of each system every week for comparison. Be sure that all the systems are at adequate nutrient, water, and soil levels. Harvest plants and record data in table. Were currently working closely with Sovet (An animals feeds producer) to collaborate on fish feeds. Sources of finances are personal savings, grant secured from the Tony Elumelus Foundation entrepreneurship support program and hopefully, an aid through this program.
Zahraddeen Bala Rabiu is a Nigerian citizen, aged 37 and passionate about transforming and upgrading agriculture into the 21st century through a farming system known as Aquaponics. One of His most recent achievement was participating in the noble Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship support competition along with other 265,000 participants from across the 54 African countries and emerged as one of the 1,000 beneficiaries of a $5,000 dollars grant from the organization.