India: Running water grows flowers in aquaponics operation

Arkaprabha Das and Subhadip Mitra have introduced aquaponics on a plot near Canal More under Kharia panchayat of Jalpaiguri Sadar block, 8km from the town.

With assistance provided by the Fish Farmers' Development Agency and the district administration, they have come up with the project.

They have dug four ponds, measuring around 30ft by 15ft with a depth of 5-6ft, where they are farming different species of hatchlings like pabda (Indian catfish), punti (swamp barb), telapia (Indian tilapia), shingi (stinging catfish), magur (walking catfish) and chitol (clown knifefish).

Unlike other ponds where the water is stagnant, the water here, which is mixed with the waste released by fishes, is channelized through pipes, which have holes above. On these pipes, the duo have planted marigold shrubs and flowers are also growing on those pipes.

"Due to presence of nutrients in the water, the flowers are also growing steadily. We are then diverting the water to bed (a flat structure) where the water is flown through pebbles. The water here is getting purified while we have planted vegetables on the bed, which are getting the nutrients," he said.

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