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Gratitude Farms conducts Two-day Training in Aquaponics

30th-31st of March 2019

On the 30th-31st of March 2019 Gratitude Farms conducted its first low-cost Aquaponics Training. The main trainers for the event were Vijaykumar Narayana, CMD from NARDC and VP Sharma, CEO, Co-Founder of Gratitude Farms. 28 Aquaponics enthusiasts came to attend the training from all across India from Assam to Madurai.

The main aim of the event was to introduce to the participants the science and techniques behind this ultra-efficient system of agriculture. The material covered in the training enables the attendees to design, set up, and operate their own domestic-scale Aquaponics system.

The first day of the training took place in Sharanam, a pristine residential Training Facility, near Lake Ousteri, Pondicherry, developed and run by the Sri Aurobindo Society. The sessions that day were focused on the important theoretical knowledge on Aquaponics and the program started with the history of Aquaponics and the scientific research behind the system.

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After that, our trainers discussed the crucial components of this method, like fish culture tank design, types of fish used in Aquaponics, plant culture techniques, construction technologies, water chemistry, important ratios and nitrification cycles.

The second day of the training consisted of practical sessions at Gratitude Farms. First, the participants were shown our fully commercial Aquaponics system built on the farm. The trainers talked about the methods used to build and run the system. They also discussed the benefits and challenges connected with  operating and managing such big structures.

Next, the attendees visited  low-cost Aquaponics system.  The trainer Mr. Vijaykumar related the theory  explained the day before to the real-life system and its operating requirements

The penultimate session was devoted to one of the most crucial subjects  for anyone interested in starting their own Aquaponics farm and that is the Integrated Pest Management. Gratitude Farms workers also contributed to the session and shared their experiences and tips for effective preventative actions.

During the last session our experts answered various questions related to the content of the training. The participants shared their doubts and hopes about their own future endeavors in the Aquaponics field.

The event ended  with  handing out Certificates of Participation issued by Gratitude Farms. The attendees left the training with plans  for their own Aquaponics  systems and carrying a certificate and a booklet on Aquaponics.

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This event was first of  many trainings that will take place in Gratitude Farms. By sharing the knowledge on Aquaponics and Organic Farming Gratitude Farms wishes to give all people interested in this field  a comprehensive introduction to the world of Aquaponics.

Feedback

Below we are sharing some of the feedback we received from the participants.  Their opinions allow us to improve the quality of training and make is as efficient as possible.

On a scale from 1 to 5 (5 – very good, 1 – very poor) the average rating for the first theoretical part of the training reached 4.30. Practical sessions received on average a rate of 4.70.The usefulness and the quality of the program was rated at 4.71, while the score for the facilities and logistical arrangements reached 4.57.

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“Very interesting to meet people like Ved Prakash Sharma and Mr. Narayanam who have put so much time and effort in this field and are now willing to share their experiences to benefit others.”

 “I’ve learnt so many things in the practical session.”

 “Material given is not enough and if you can able to share the ppt that could be helpful for recollecting all in the future.”

 “Very valuable inputs on Aquaponics both as an entrepreneur and investor”.

 “Overall a good introductory learning in Aquaponics.”

 “Practical can be done early morning as the day is very hot.”

 “Informative and very elaborate. Detailed theory explanations.”

 “High-end amenities and eco-friendly environment.”

 “Can facilitate hands on training a little more start-to-end process.”

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