A delegate from WFP Visits the Aquaponics Farm in Basra University
In the beginning of January 2023, IRADA was contracted by WFP-Iraq to design and set up an aquaponics farm at Basra University. On April 13th, a delegate from WFP-Iraq, headed by Mr. Ally-Raza Qureshi, visited the project site to check the progress of the work and learn more about the operation.
The farm consists of three different design aquaponics system, each combines recirculating aquaculture (raising fish in tanks) with soilless plant culture (hydroponics). The nutrient-rich water from raising fish provides a natural fertilizer for the plants, and in turn, the plants help to purify the water for the fish.
Our project team gave WFP delegate a tour in the project site. During the tour, one of our engineers explained to the delegate how the aquaponics systems work and answered all their questions.
Aquaponics, which is a sustainable method of raising both fish and vegetables, is gaining popularity across the world due to its many benefits. It is a closed-loop system that does not require large amounts of water, making it an ideal method for regions facing water scarcity. Additionally, aquaponics does not require the use of pesticides or fertilizers, making it an environmentally friendly method of farming.
The aquaponics farm in Basra University is expected to provide a sustainable source of fresh produce and fish for the university's cafeteria, as well as for the local community. This will not only provide a healthier food option but will also contribute to the local economy.
The implementation of the aquaponics farm project in Basra University is a testament to the growing importance of sustainable agriculture in Iraq and the world. With the increasing demand for food, it is imperative to adopt methods of farming that are not only productive but also environmentally sustainable.
In conclusion, the aquaponics farm in Basra University is a significant step towards a sustainable future. The project's success can inspire other regions in Iraq and around the world to adopt similar methods of farming. It is time to embrace innovative and sustainable methods of farming to ensure a healthy future for our planet.