Deep inside the Fort Valley State University Campus there's something very unique going on. It's a project called "Aqua Culture." Farmers learn harvest fish to create another income source.It's become a new tool for farmers. Dr. Patrica Duncan says, "The future is very bright for farmers to get involved in Aquaculture in the state of Georgia."
It just takes a tank and a little bit of space. Duncan says, "It cuts out the need for acres and acres and ponds."
The tanks recirculate water allowing fish like Tilapia to grow, which gives farmers another outlet to make money.
"We have farmers that want to diversify the cash flow in their already on going farm enterprises," says Duncan.
The water serves a second purpose too it fertilizes plants. "That does not put any waste out into the environment. It's all recycled one way or another, says Duncan.·
This system captures fish waste so not only can farmers sell the fish they can also grow organic herbs.
Duncan says, "You can raise money and feed your family with whatever you grow in the water."
Herbs like lettuce and Basil can be freshly grown right at home. "We're looking towards as much sustainability as possible. People say that the tomatoes taste better in Aquatonics," says Duncan.
It's a unique aqua system that's a transforming Georgia's billion dollar agriculture business.If you are interested in learning about Aquatonics call 478-825-6575