A combination of ‘aquaculture’ (raising fish) and ‘hydroponics’ (growing plants/crops in soilless conditions). In Aquaponics there is a cycle in which water containing fish waste is fed to the plants as nutrients and returned to the fish as clean water
Pigs have a 10-15 year lifespan and a high reproductive rate. Their gestation period is 4 months and they can produce on average an 18 piglets strong litter twice a year. Piglets can be sold as soon as they are weaned making pigs a great source of income where marketable.
We are all familiar with bees and most of us are familiar with their products. Beekeeping is a low input enterprise where knowledge is the main ingredient for success. Bee products are an excellent source of income and have a high nutritional value and bees help sustain the environment.
Chicken are a practical ‘livestock’; producing eggs and meat where a relatively small space can hold a large number of income generating chicken. Both meat and eggs are almost always marketable. As with almost everything in agribusiness; when volumes of production are high, consistent and of good quality, the money is good too.
Horticultural crops are high value garden crops as opposed to crops grown on large fields. Horticulture plays a large role in the money garden and urban farming concept.
Rabbit meat is to be considered a great source of protein and their hides make a lucrative source of income.
Animal feed can be grown according to the hydroponic concept. With its many advantages, hydroponics can be applied in many ways and for production of various crops with various different destinations.
Degradation of the soil is a serious obstacle impeding agricultural production. Soil management is, therefore, of great importance in the rejuvenation of agricultural land. Techniques such as; mulching, use of biochar and composting are at the forefront of soil conservation and rejuvenation.
Hydroponics, also referred to as soil less farming, is a technology enhancing agricultural production. It entails growing plants and crops without soil but rather in an aquatic environment. With the knowhow, a fully running hydroponics system can be set up with numerous benefits.
|Stevia Leaf Production
Stevia leaves are gaining popularity as a sugar substitute. Stevia is a natural sweetener with many health benefits.
Local vegetables are easy to market as people are generally already familiar with their qualities. These vegetable varieties are mostly easy to grow and attain maturity at a fast rate.
|Tree Seedling Nursery
The concept of seedling nursery is to grow a seedling that can be transplanted and sown elsewhere. This done on commercial scale can be a good source of income.
Moringa seeds are multi-purpose seeds among a few things; they can be planted, used for water purification and have a high nutritional value. As the moringa plant and its leaves are gaining popularity, the demand for the seeds are on the rise as well.
|Water & Land Management
In rainfed agriculture in sub-saharan countries a lot of water is lost before it can be put to agricultural use. With Land & Water Management techniques this loss can be significantly reduced, enhancing water availability for agriculture.