Madhavi Farms sets up aquaponics facility

Madhavi Farms, in collaboration with Waterfarmers Aquaponics, has launched its aquaponics farm in Bengaluru, near the national park.

As India's first and largest aquaponics farm, the 20-acre organic farm has a production capacity of 800  kgs of assorted vegetables per day. The produce will be organic, using a tenth of the resources that get utilised in open field cultivation,  a release said.

Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures supplies the nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. Madhavi Farms' aquaponic system will house Bred koi Carp fish.

Alongside, the property also participates in beekeeping,  which will contribute to the greenhouse ecosystem.  The property also has a goshala, which is home to 18 Desi and Gir cows.  

Madhavi Farms is owned by  K Vijayakumar and his family. Originally, the farm grows areca, spices, paddy and organic vegetables using traditional methods based on Vrikshayurveda. Its partner in the project, Canada-based Waterfarmers Aquaponics was established in Toronto in 2013. The company has developed over 2.3 lakh sq feet of aquaponics production space across eight countries, the release said.

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