Currently in South Africa, the Expropriation of land Without Compensation is a hot topic, sure to elevate emotions wherever it is raised. Whilst I have no intension of commenting on the wisdom, merits or morality of this policy, I do want to point out that there are a lot of commercial farmers and tribal chiefs who are justifiably nervous right now that they may lose control regarding some or all of the land they currently preside over.
In previous years successful companies were usually highly efficient at producing a single or small number of products or services, depending on the industry. The focus was on being as efficient as possible and improving margins through operational efficiencies, and this gave rise to the giant organisations that still dominate our stock exchanges. This trend is changing whereby disrupters such a Rain, Naked Insurance, Air BnB and Uber have been able to enter mature industries with a novel approach and rapidly gain huge market share due to their creativity, lean structures and resultant flexibility.
Crops growing in an outdoor Circle of PlentyTM Aquaponics System
What we are seeing globally is that aquaponics is a disrupter industry. As is often the case with disrupters, it is born from multiple forces acting in tandem to drive and draw the growth of the new problem-solving technology.
What aquaponics offers is an approach that can be energy efficient, enabling crops to be produced using minimal electricity and the resultant crop quality, especially in terms of flavour, is unsurpassed. However, in the context of this discussion, one of the biggest advantages of aquaponics is that it is space efficient, enabling a small amount of land to produce a large quantity of crops. This in turn enables investors to erect their facilities close to their markets, thereby reducing the time, logistics and expenses related to delivering crops to the market place. Farming intensively also means that fewer staff are required, but that these staff are skilled to a higher level.
I expect that in future all aquaculture recirculating systems will utilise aquaponics to mop up the fish wastes and turn them into valuable crops, which often surpass the fish crop in sales value and profitability. The water cleaned by the plants and returned to the fish also reduces the requirement for water for the natural source, further adding to the environmental sustainability of the business. Architects are also getting involved and including aquaponics in their building designs to generate oxygen, keep the building cooler in summer and grow food on the building structure.
The thought of losing your land is deeply distressing but a small consolation is the knowledge that options exist that do not require large areas of land in order to make good profits.
We have scheduled the following Aquaculture Courses planned for 2018:
23 & 24 July Aquaponics Course, Pretoria
3 to 7 September Practical Aquaculture Course, Aquaculture Academy, Grahamstown – This is an excellent opportunity to obtain both the theory of fish farming as well as practical experience in spawning tilapia and catfish, feeding correctly, managing water quality, sorting fish, aquaponics plant care and many other related skills.
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Aquaculture Employment Opportunities
Catfish Farm Manager required for Angola – email me your 1-page CV if you believe that you are suitably experienced and are interested.
Catfish, Trout & Tilapia Fingerlings for Sale
We have catfish, trout and tilapia for sale. Send us an email if you are interested in obtaining stock.
This year we have a limited number of female O. mossambicus for sale as breeders
Aquaculture Products for Sale
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