Philippines: Health professional makes money from aquaponic farming

Every farmer begins by selecting a farming method that matches their needs, goals, and resources. Some favor the conventional way, which may require more work and thus, workers, while others prefer a less labor-intensive option.

Dr. Ian Benjamin T. Hizon, the founder of Second Earth Farms.
Ian Benjamin T. Hizon, 43, a doctor and founder of Second Earth Farms, chose the latter. 

Although he wasn’t sure what approach to use then, he was certain that what he wanted was “something that’s easier, requires less manpower, more sustainable, produces higher yields, demands lower overhead expenses, and has a system that is very versatile, and not boring.”

He found all of these things in aquaponics. At first, he used small-scale aquaponic systems. After realizing how fascinating it was, he went for larger aquaponic set-ups. Hizon, an ophthalmologist, enjoys reading journals about medicine, which is something he also used in learning aquaponic farming. But unfortunately, reading books and journals wasn’t enough. 

“During my aquaponic system trial, I have encountered so many problems that were not in the books and journals that I have read. YouTube only taught me the fundamentals of starting aquaponics, but it lacked in-depth information that I desired, so I decided to take courses overseas.”

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