Potential, Progress, Obstacles, Challenges..
- Lack of skills
- Lack of water resources
- Energy undersupply
- Contamination of the ocean by huge fish-farms
- Unhealthy farm products
- Lack of local nutritional food
- Dependence on imported food supply
- Logistical problems
- PV (Photovoltaics): To supply the system with electricity to run the pumps, light,
monitoring systems etc. (if no grid available => Diesel-hybrid-
- Solar-thermal-system: To supply the system with heat, to make sure the system is
running under constant conditions all over the year
Additional to that Aquaponics-lighthouse projects will provide interest people with training and education directly on site. The idea is to help the people to help themselves. To create jobs and to train trainers to support similar projects, smaller units, directly on-site in the whole country.
- Poverty reduction
- Reduce unemployment
- To help people to help themselves
- Creating jobs
- Capacity development
- To ensure the supply of fresh, healthy and unloaded food locally
- The lighthouse project as a kind of drop-in center for all questions round the technologies, Indoor farming, Aquaponics, Aquaculture and Hydroponics
- Local support by trained people
Therefore lighthouse projects are needed to prove the technology locally, with a high grade of local content. As there are no real “plug & play solutions” out there. Lighthouse- or pilot-projects are needed to follow the learning curve. Pilot-projects are meant to try different technologies under local conditions. The gained experiences serves as basis for subsequent commercial size projects, to run an indoor farm economically from the beginning.
In some countries in the MENA region some Aquaponics-trials are already done. Most of them just as a hobby demonstration project i.e. in Egypt, or huge turnkey solutions in rich countries like UAE. Are this projects sustainable? Viable in the long term? Without following the learning curve? We doubt that.