Aquaponics Agro Project
Aquaponics is a food-growing method that combines conventional aquaculture (aquatic farming such as fish, snails and crustaceans) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic way.
Symbiosis is described as mutually beneficial coexistence and that is exactly what we want to achieve with Joeboentoe. It is therefore only logical that we focus on the aquaponics technique but also on matters such as permaculture, organic agriculture and livestock and things like composting and beekeeping.
For people who want to know more about aquaponics; we have created a special page for it. A short summary for people in a hurry:
Fish eats then pees and poops, bacteria in grow beds eat this pee and poop and… divert it to food for plants. And not just food; this is a very good food for plants! Benefits; no pesticides/herbicides or manure required, very low water consumption (approximately 10% compared to conventional agriculture) and a higher yield with better quality products.
What is our goal?
The Covid-19 situation has slowed us down considerably and we now hope to start building the project around September (’20). The project takes place on a piece of land near Masaka where we have more than 1,000 m2 at our disposal (which can be expanded in the future).
Thanks to our donors we have $ 6.000 at our disposal to start the project, but .. Covid-19 has made the situation in Uganda a lot more unsafe as the lockdown has made poor people a lot poorer. This forces us to take more (expensive) measures to guarantee the safety of employees and volunteers. Can you help us with a small donation?
But how does the average Ugandan benefit from our project? Of course it is good if we can reduce the use of pesticides and the same goes for fertilizer. But is that all? We have summarized the benefits in four categories;
The project gives local people a good job with which they can maintain or support their family / relatives / villagers. The project is not for profit; with the proceeds of the project we expand in order to give more people a job.
Our project is open to anyone who wants to take a look. With love we tell about the techniques we use and with the same love we listen to the techniques that are used locally.
In order not to get in the way of the local market, we will focus on products that are not locally grown and sold. For example of broccoli, lettuce and cherry tomatoes or strawberries. Our market is the richer Ugandan/expat and the restaurants/hotels in the area. We have conducted a market survey and this shows that there is a great demand for the products we are going to grow.
As we speak fruits and vegetables are still widely sprayed with pesticides that contain the in Europe forbidden (and very controversial) glyphosate. What’s even worse; people spray it on the crops without protective clothing/masks. Another point is compost; the vast majority of people combine their organic waste with plastics and other waste and they burn it! On both things a small change can make a big difference.
These are the annually recurring costs that we pay with donations;
The rent of the land is $ 700
The annual wages of an employee $ 800
Estimated project costs $ 1.100
Every dollar that the project does not have to spend on these costs can be invested in expanding the project. Would you like to help us with this project?
We are looking for people who have an affinity with agriculture. Do you know a lot about organic farming or animal husbandry? Do you know a lot about aquaponics? Permaculture? Composting? Send us a message!
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