Aqua Green and Projects

Using aquaculture production to alleviate poverty and ensure rural development
2019 SEED South Africa Award Sustainable Agriculture Burgersfort, South Africa

Aqua Green and Projects Agricultural Primary co-operative helps to improve the livelihoods of the community it operates in through catfish farming and production. It focuses on catfish as it can grow in high densities and is less expensive to farm. The fish is marketed and sold to the local community including middle class and immigrant customers.

Its catfish farming activities are integrated with vegetable farming (Aquaponics). The catfish waste produced is also an input to its vegetable growing.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Aqua Green and Projects Agricultural Primary co-operative helps to establish other women run catfish and vegetable farming cooperatives. They also introduced fish farming to the local agricultural high school to get youth involved in fish farming.

  • Conducting training on how to form co-operatives and on co-operative governance community members keen to set up their own co-operatives
  • Introducing fish farming to youth attending the local agricultural high school
  • Conserving water through the use of aquaculture production systems which re-use water and reduce its loss
  • Using fish waste fertiliser for its vegetable growing aquaponics system, thus preventing the use of chemical fertiliser
  • Improving the local economy through job creation
  • Fish is an affordable source of protein-thus it can address the nutritional needs of poverty stricken communities




This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

The University of Limpopo has assisted the co-operative through catfish production training and has formally committed to support the business. They support through mentoring, coaching, site visits and selection.

Catfish Supreme will provide mentorship support on catfish farming and systems.
They will also provide administrative and financial management support.

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