Terra Neeru - a low-cost aquaponic system for farmers

Designed and developped in Project DEFY

Agriculture Food

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What’s the project story?

Respectively 20 and 23 years old, Ajay and Abhinav are highly aware of the water supply issues faced by small local farmers in India. Indeed, in 2015, more than 2,000 Indian farmers committed suicides mostly because of water drought. Consequently, less and less people want to work as a farmer and leave their villages to go to cities.

In December 2015, Ajay started to work on Terra Neeru, an aquaponic system which has several advantages for local farmers:

  • It can save 70% of water
  • As it’s a vertical system, it doesn’t break the back of farmers
  • This cheap mechanism will decrease the need of labours to farm

How do they interact with the workshop?

Today 5 in the team, they’ve developed a 100-dollar prototype in the Nook which provided them with raw materials, fabrication tools and network. Indeed, in January 2017, they got funded by the organization IDIN (International Development Innovation Network).

What’s next?

In September 2017, they’ve planned to do a pilot in a nearby farm to grow cow food out of the aquaponic system. In parallel, they’re in talk with organizations working in the dairy sector. Their main target is farmers who have uncultivated fields because of water shortages.

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