Himanshu was raised in various locations around India but has now settled in Jaipur where his family have been commercial farmers for over 50 years. Having witnessed firsthand the ineffective and outdated methods and tools used on the majority of Indian farms, he is convinced that aquaponics is the future of food production. On his regular trips to our farm he is often accompanied by his faithful Labrador ‘Dude,’ who has to be kept a safe distance away from our fishtanks…
Sneh Shekhawat Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA
Hailing from a family of horse breeders, Sneh spent her childhood growing up on a stud farm surrounded by race horses, dogs and open green fields. While her love of agriculture started from an early age, in recent years the extent of the farming crisis in India has become a concern. She recognizes aquaponics’ potential for the future of food production, and her flair for business makes her the perfect person to head up our research and development needs.
Pippa Woodhead Jaipur, Rajasthan, INDIA
Pippa is our resident copywriter and is in charge of creating all blogs, information packs and course handbooks. Originally from the UK, Pippa has fallen in love with India’s many charms and is passionate about spreading the word about aquaponics in this country. When she’s not at the Aquaponics in India HQ, she will most likely be found with her head in a book, or in the kitchen experimenting with new vegetarian recipes using our delicious produce.
Himanshu had never questioned the traditional agriculture methods he had grown up with, until one morning over breakfast he opened the newspaper to a headline describing the plight of farmers across India. The situation had gotten so bad that the newspaper reported one Indian farmer was committing suicide every 30 minutes. Rajasthan had also been hit by an extreme drought.
He had heard about aquaponics before from friends in the US, but its potential in unreliable water areas hadn’t previously clicked.
Suddenly, the lights went on and a brilliant idea was born. The facts didn’t lie: aquaponic systems require 10% of the amount of water used by traditional farming methods, which would dramatically decrease the effects of an unpredictable water supply. And in a country where there are more mouths to feed day by day, aquaponic systems are capable of producing ten times the crop output – all without the use of chemicals or genetic modification.
In the end, one thing was certain: bringing aquaponics to India was an idea with the potential to impact millions of people. But it’s not just about fixing something that is broken, it’s a project that becomes more and more crucial every single day.