Feeding the rural poor and hungry in the 21st Century with technology
The need to produce fish in Africa increases with every fish taken out of our natural resources and with every child born. For 70 years when fish farming first occurred in Africa, little has changed, a large number of our countries are facing a major decline in accessibility to fish as a major source of protein.
Rydawi Fish Farms News - May 2017
At Rydawi we are constantly innovating, developing and improving what we do. Our latest project involves the development and prototyping a new filter system for simpler construction, lower cost logistics, ease of operation and efficiency. These filters will allow Rydawi to offer a “Plug and Play” system to the market. The FarmInABox System will become the simplest system in the market to own and operate as a single system or as a multiple system commercial farm. The filters have been going through testing, modification and design for the past few months and those of you who have visited us recently will have seen these in action at the farm. We will be installing a number of these units to collect the data required before officially launching them to our clients. Please continue to watch this space.
Rydawi Fish Farms News - April 2017
The Rydawi Team has had a busy month. Despite all the holidays in South Africa in April, the farm visits have continued, email enquiries have continued to flood in, training took place in early April, and David visited Burundi to set up a tank in Bujumbura, and to look at future projects.
Rydawi secured its first government project this month. The North-West provincial government is assisting 3 small scale farmers with greenhouses and systems. Rydawi is fully committed to the development of small scale farmers to ensure the supply of fresh fish into many communities. These sites will also enable the development of skills and they will be used for training other farmers in the community.
Rydawi Fish Farms News - March 2017
The SuperActiFlo Bio Media used in the FarmInABox bio filter and mechanical filter is a highly efficient and user friendly media. The original media was developed some 10 years ago, for waste water treatment and for fish farming. The spaghetti wheel design and the fact that the media is buoyant and that is has a large surface area makes it an ideal bio filter medium.
The SuperActiFlo media is moved about by aerating the bio filter, this moving bed sloughs off any dead bacteria and detritus ensuring the media remains active with healthy living nitrogenous bacteria. The moving bed system requires very little maintenance and interaction and no physical removal or cleaning of the media. The high surface is +/-900m2 per meter cube means much smaller, more efficient filters to do the same job.
Rydawi Fish Farms News - February 2017
Rydawi has exported systems to DRC, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Burundi, Angola, Kenya and we now have over 125 systems in the market. This represents a major boost to Tilapia production in Africa. Recently we have airfreighted single FarmInABox systems to Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi and will soon be sending Systems to Nigeria. The compact packaging and light weight design and construction of the systems makes for cost effect shipping and logistics. Once our clients receive their units and stocked them with fingerling their skills are quickly developed, so that when the rest of the units arrive via sea freight they are already proficient with farming in our systems. The package size of a complete ready to install system is currently 1200x1000x1000mm and it weighs less than 150Kgs.
Rydawi Fish Farms News - January 2017
Happy new year to you all. We hope you have a fruitful, successful year in 2017 and that your fish farming projects go from strength to strength!
Rydawi fish farms has welcomed new staff in the last few months.
Kgatle Jack, “I'm a graduate from university of Limpopo, studied bachelor of science in Biotechnology with Biochemistry and Microbiology coupled with Bachelor science honours in Aquaculture, worked for department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries dispatched at Gariep dam Agriculture Technology Demonstrations Centre, I've also worked for South African breweries as a brewing technician, I then joined Rydawi fish farm on the 05 December 2017 upon my arrival at the farm i was amazed by the set-up of the system and the layout of the hatchery. David and William farm in a box system can be said to be the greatest invention in the aquaculture industry because even the greatest invention in history are coming from pieces of equipment what differs it’s how those equipment are connected to form one well-functioning unit. It is a pleasure for me to be part of these winning team, it might be tough but victory is certain at the end.”
Rydawi Fish Farms News - December 2016
Rydawi Fish Farms is proud to announce that it came 3rd in the Green City Start Up competition held in Johannesburg during 2016. The winners were announced on the 9th November at a cocktail function on the 9th November at Resolution Circle. This achievement and the prize money received will facilitate further growth in developing the FarmInABox systems. The Farm in a Box project will be showcased and presented to the city and other stakeholders all the option to farm Tilapia in an urban environment. The award comes with grant funding and the opportunity to win the Grand Prize too.
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