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“A case study of the BVAA”

Overview

The Baird’s Village Aquaponic Association (BVAA) is a research farm dedicated to makeing food production an attractive occupation in barbados as traditional methods have lost appeal to newer generations. Some of the problems we discovered are unique to Barbados, unique to food production and some unique to aquaponics, we found solutions to all of them. We also looked at the impact on the island as a whole as some solutions may work for a small few but not applicable to the whole and even in a few cases be detrimental.

who?

Any one can now make money with agriculture as the labour inputs are down to the encials and we only have to increes the rate of photocyntisis by incressing the inputs quaility

What?

Producing small frequent quainties of high quailty food will mean that you will allways have money in your pocket

Where?

Because it can be moved as you grow you can start on your own small land and then move to a bigger spot to allow more production

When?

The technology is now available to do this and the time is now to start to learn and transfer that into practical knowledge

Why?

Because it is profitable and because a different approach to how we treat of surroundings must happen as we are feeling the feast of the industrial complex.

How?

By using natural processes driven by electricity produced on site to reduce the labour input of the open field farmer to harvesting and minor transplanting and sowing eliminating weeding watering fertilising and pest maintenance we have made in profitable and financially viable

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Benefits

Hormone usage

By grading fish 4 times throughout the growth cycle we get to keep the growth rate even and the sexes separate.

Battery storage could not last overnight

Smart pumps lowers power usage at night and use wicking beds that only require irrigation during the day.

Cost and availability of fish feed a hindrance

Use pacu fish and aquatic plants to offset as pacu eat many local fruits and plants act as a buffer for fish to eat back while providing a breeding space

Pest of plants a problem

Mini greenhouse over each grow beds eliminates costly green house infrastructure and pest at the same time

Needs costly site prep and leveling

All piping comes with system and can be used on top of traditional garden no leveling because of unique system can handle a slop of 40 degrees and grow beds can be 40cm clearance from fish tank

High shipping cost

Shipping handling and storage taken into account and designed to be stackable and light weight food safe material

Learning curve

All the scientific processes are laid out in a way to learn them easily and that they handle each other

Time consuming

Automation of most of the physical labour is done to increase the value of time spent

Water quality parameters

we use natural home remedies for this solution so that we dont have to depend on chemicals from the store

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