Feeding India with Fish

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Fish pond

Preparing the fish pools at the Sultan Fish Farm.

BioFishency, in cooperation with Israel’s UpGrade Solutions, successfully completed the first installation of its all-in-one filtration system at the Sultan Fish Farm near Delhi, India, as part of its effort to establish community fish farms.

With the limited availability of land and water, aquaculture (farming aquatic organisms for profit) requires increased intensification. This translates to the ability to produce more fish per unit of area and water and is dependent on water treatment technologies. The availability of simple water treatment systems is limited; more effective systems are complex and very expensive. According to Fisheries and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates, nearly 30% of aquaculture production takes place in developing countries, primarily in extensive growing systems such as ponds and reservoirs. Simple-to-operate, affordable systems will bring aquaculture production to the level required to feed the world’s growing population.

BioFishency has developed a cost-effective, all-in-one water treatment system for land-based aquaculture that costs a fraction of high-end water treatment systems. The system consumes significantly less water to grow fish and enables existing fish farms to produce more fish using their existing infrastructure.

The BioFishency all-in-one filter

The BioFishency filter after installation.

The BioFishency system was recently installed in collaboration with AquaLifeNet and Upgrade Solutions to present the Sultan Fish Farm near Delhi, India, with a unique aquaculture system that vastly improves production of a more valuable fish product.

The Sultan Farm is located in the town of Butana in the Haryana district. Until now, local fish farmers cultivated fish in earthen ponds. They decided to invest in an efficient facility and system to upgrade their output and increase their yield. The Sultan farmers also moved away from growing carp to cultivating barramundi (Asian sea bass). This species is a known “superfish” due to its meaty texture, good flavor, healthy qualities, and eco-friendly profile. Additionally, it is expected to sell for a higher price in the fish markets of India’s capital city.

Upgrade Solutions provided the farm with six pool structures made from plastic-lined corrugated steel, each designed to hold 30 cubic meters of water. The pools are all serviced by one BioFishency filter, which cleans and recycles the water using minimal power to produce the ideal environment for growing healthy barramundi fishlings, which are then transferred to the existing earthen ponds to complete their growth cycle.

Installation of ponds and BioFishency filter

Three of the six pool structures made from plastic-lined corrugated steel, each designed to hold 30 cubic meters of water, with the BioFishency filter servicing all.

AquaLifeNet provided the infrastructure, technology, and know-how to help the Sultan Fish Farm set up their new pools and water filtration system and also gives ongoing support to ensure that the barramundi fishlings benefit from the optimum conditions for maximum growth.

The upgraded system, including the pools, the BioFishency filter, and the continued support is expected to assist this farming community in increasing its yield and profitability – all with a minimal investment in infrastructure.

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