AQUAPONICS PROJECT FOR LIVING STONES REHABILITATION CENTRE
As part of PPB's CSR project under "Helping the Poor to Help Themselves", PPB donated two units of a home aquaponic system to Living Stones Rehabilitation Centre (LSRC), a centre in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan for ex-drug dependents afflicted by HIV/Aids.
An aquoponic system is a combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system widely used in Australia and Taiwan.
This sustainable aquoponic system will enable all 10 residents of LSRC to consume fresh organic vegetables and fish which will reduce their food expenses. Besides, looking after the aquaponic system encourages the residents to be active and it can be therapeutic too. The residents aged 33 to 77 years who are no longer dependent on drugs but unable to get into the workforce due to HIV or other disabilities; they may be kept occupied tending to and harvesting the results of their efforts.