I got two four cylinder, Japanese made pickup trucks. Working great. Well satisfied with them. They are 17 years old, and I find them easy to maintain, as the parts are available over the border in Melchor de Menchos. The parts dealer there, simply orders them from Guatemala City if he doesn't carry them and they arrive in 3 days, by bus cargo. Now I have two such pickup trucks. Working great. I could save this AQUAPONICS PROGRAM a lot of money and sell them one of mine. $15,000 Bz would do it. Have no idea of the cost of a brand new Japanese, 4 cylinder pickup truck though? Joking aside, no government program, paid with tax dollars, even if it is Taiwanese taxpayers, is going to buy anything, other than NEW.
Now Central Farm needs a demonstration AQUAPONICS FACILITY, so does the AGRICULTURE COLLEGE, though in the case of the Agriculture College, I doubt they would have full time staff, 24 x 7, to run and keep running, an AQUAPONICS facility. Maybe on paper, but certainly not in practice. It is an encouraging bit of extrapolated news though, all the same and a step in the right direction.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
TILAPIA IS PART OF THE FUTURE FOR BELIZE!
Monday, July 2, 2012
JONES AQUAPONICS FISH FARM AND HYDROPONICS VEGETABLE PRODUCTION SHAMES UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE, AGRICULTURE COLLEGE.
The tv show never mentioned intelligibly, where this acquaponics operation was? Some place called BANK? Maybe Willows Bank, or Lords Bank village? But a guy and his wife, ( Jones ) did a fantastic job of constructing a TILAPIA fish pond operation in plastic tanks in his backyard. The secret to production was supplying air bubbles to oxygenate the water. After four years development, starting with $50 Bz and six fish fingerlings, the guy is now producing 250 lbs of fish fillet per month, at a cost of $4 bz per pound, wholesale, from his small house lot.
To improve things, he is using his nitrogen rich fish tank water, to fertilize a hydroponic lettuce operation and offering bagged FRESH LETTUCE weekly to restaurants and hotels, using lettuce roots dangling from a float board, into the circulating fish tank waste water. ( EXTRA $300 PER WEEK ) By then he filters the water and recirculates it, so his water cost is minimal. The only question I had was; WHAT ABOUT ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY. Would like to see this. He combined hydroponics and a fish farm into a combined AQUAPONICS operation, feedback self supporting. WONDERFUL JOB.
GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE, YOU NEED TO GET A GRANT AND HIRE THIS JONES, TO BUILD A DEMONSTRATION SYSTEM AT - UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE, AGRICULTURE COLLEGE.- THIS IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR AT THE BELIZE AGRICULTURE COLLEGE, 8 YEARS AGO, INSTEAD OF THAT DAMNED SINGLE CONCRETE TANK, THEY PLAYED AROUND WITH LIKE BLIND MEN.
IT WOULD BE SELF SUSTAINING IN FIVE YEARS.