INMED South Africa recently launched its aquaponics program in Venda, South Africa, with a special event for the press and community. INMED partnered with South African Breweries (SAB) to bring aquaponics, an innovative farming system, to members of Thabelo Disabled Persons South Africa Group.
Since aquaponics combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless crop production) in a closed, waste-high system that requires minimal effort to maintain, it is an ideal food production system for the disabled, many of whom are physically unable to farm using traditional methods. This disabled community live in the village of Mubvumoni, where the nearest town is miles away and most don’t own cars, making a sustainable food source essential to their survival.
The new systems will eventually provide the participants with enough food to feed an extended household of approximately 60 people plus extra produce and fish to sell in town. INMED and SAB staff, community members and the press attended the launch event.