The USDA-funded Commercial Trial conducted by Boone Mora happened on the heels of the iAVs research conducted by Dr Mark R McMurtry…and confirmed the commercial potential of the method.
iAVs NC Commercial Demo Project, USDA/Mora/Garrett, 1992-93; 
        —[ by total novices, under poor to fair conditions, very (too) LOW v:v ratio. ]
  • Total area 929 m2,  FT 200 m3, Tilapia yield 22,700 kg/yr (first ‘try’)
  • Hort. area (min.) 400 m2 total,  264 m2 net,   1,056 plants @ 4/m2
  • Fruit (mix Cucumber, Pepper, Tomato) : greater than 45,400 kg/yr   (45 MT)
  • 2016 estimated wholesale value $325k/yr ($350 m2/yr)
 
BUT Adjusting to the suggested baseline ratios
 i.e., v:v (1:2+),   v:a (1:6+),   (feed-fish):fruit (1:7+)
 
that 22.7k kg fish, (i.e.~30k kg feed, to Pmf 250g in <120 days 3x/yr or 350g <180 days 2x/yr)
  is enough TAN and excrement to grow 
  • 8,000 to 10,000 indeterminate tomato plants (on 12 mo cycle)  (9,000 applied below)
    • (or 3 times that if a 4-month crop interval 3x/yr, and/or equivalent crops)

2016 estimated  US ‘organic’ bulk wholesale valuations:

  • tilapia (live): 22.7k kg x $3.30/kg = $75k/yr 
  • No. 1 ‘organic’ tomato: 170k kg x $5.5/kg = $935k/yr
  • No. 2 ‘organic’ tomato: 40k kg x $3.5/kg = $140k/yr
  • Total above (without intercrops etc) = $1,150k ($300/m2/yr)

At 2015 Philly Terminal wholesale prices. 

  • Organic No 1 @ $6.90/kg -10% = $6.20/kg  (> $1,056k)
  • Organic No 2 @ $4.80/kg – 10% = $4.35/kg  (> $174k)
  • Total w/ fish $1,305k or $343/m2/yr)
  •        w/ very hi-tech GH with intercrops from $450 to 500/m2/yr) 
  • …   + 30-50% or more when retailed, direct-marketed, NTM value-added processing

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