Whenever we think of Egypt, what comes to mind right away is the hot arid desert with no water in sight.
Egypt has a significant water shortage, which is due not in small part because of the combined effects of pollution, climate change, and an exploding population that needs more and more water every day.
That’s where Egyptian entrepreneur Abdelrahman Ahmed and his hydroponic farm, ‘NatureWorks,’ come in. They grow vegetables using fish excrement.
What is hydroponic gardening? To put it simply, it’s water-based gardening, as opposed to traditional soil-based gardening. The plant gets its nutrients from the water.
Ahmed raises Tilapia and uses the fish waste as a natural fertilizer for his vegetable farm. He claims this method saves over 95% of the water, otherwise used in traditional agriculture.
He said the process is straightforward. The Tilapia fish are housed inside giant tanks, where they release waste. The water with fish droppings is then used to nourish the plants as a natural fertilizer; then, it gets cleaned, filtered, and goes back to the fish tanks, clean and ready to be re-used.
Ahmed elaborates that he understands that some are not comfortable eating Tilapia and consider them ‘bad food’ because the fish have a reputation for being bottom dwellers and live in sewage.
Still, he said the fish in his farm live in a highly high-quality environment, and they help plants grow in the best way.