In November 2018, Paul Westwood and Henry Nickerson returned to Ekiti State, Nigeria to construct a 3,000 square foot aquaponic facility for INTAG, in partnership with CBC, a Nigeria-based engineering and construction contracting firm.
Constructed at the Governor’s Gifted School, this aquaponic screen-house aids the Federal Ministry of Education in providing students with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and real-world opportunities to engage with industry-leading growing equipment. It is the hope of Westwood CEA that this facility serves as a model of sustainable farming practices to be replicated across West Africa.
This aquaponic system utilizes waste-water from tilapia tanks as the primary nutrient source for cultivating a variety of vegetative and fruiting crops. As this is a recirculating system, in which remediated water is recycled back to the fish, crops can be produced with only a small percentage of water and land relative to conventional growing methods. Erected in a controlled environment screen-house, this system is not as susceptible to seasonal fluctuations of rainfall and temperatures, allowing for year-round food production.