NIGERIAN EDUCATION DELEGATION VISITS INTAG AS A ‘U.S. CENTER OF EXCELLENCE’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – A special delegation of business and government leaders from Nigeria will visit INTAG headquarters this month to view and discuss using INTAG systems for modernizing sustainable agriculture practices and technical and vocational education in central Nigeria. The Nigerian delegation will include officials from the Federal Ministry of Education along with private sector business partners and State level officials overseeing the World Bank supported State Education Program Investment Project (SEPIP).
The delegation is the second group from southern and central Nigeria to visit INTAG as one of three “Centers of Excellence” in emerging technologies. Other site visits for the delegations include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for distance learning technologies, and additive manufacturing and fabrication technologies in Philadelphia.
“We’re honored to be included in these visits, alongside innovation leaders in Boston and Philadelphia,” said Ian Kanski, president of INTAG. “Our team is excited to provide such distinguished guests with an up-close view of new breakthroughs in the scalability and resiliency of aquaponics, and to learn from them where these methods can bring immediate new efficiencies for existing industry throughout Nigeria.”
The education ministers will arrive in Harrisburg on April 24th to tour INTAG aquaponic facilities and customer sites involved in food production and workforce development. The tour will include the INTAG aquaponic training and production facility at the Steelton-Highspire High School Aquaponics program. The greenhouse, built in 2015, houses a 3000-square-foot aquaponics facility currently growing more than 30 types of fruits and vegetables for local restaurants and customers in the School to Table™ community-supported agriculture network. Led by an INTAG trained agricultural advisor, high school students run the greenhouse and sell organically grown produce all year round, with all proceeds supporting education and community development in Steelton. Along with the facility, the school district uses INTAG curriculum to teach real-world STEM/STEAM and entrepreneurship programs through non-profit workforce development partners, The WheelHouse.
The Nigerian dignitaries will also tour the INTAG systems at Ladder and Vine, an urban garden and event space in Camp Hill, owned by the JDK Group. Chefs of the US Top 30 Catering Company use this custom built system to grow their specific desired produce and edible flowers for casual events and fine dining.
INTAG systems combine conventional aquaculture (raising fish and other aquatic life in tanks) and hydroponics (producing plants in water rather than soil) into a symbiotic system that yields superior nutrient content, 60% faster growth with 95% less water use, zero discharge, and without pesticides or synthetic chemicals. INTAG’s hands-on learning, unique curriculum, and award-winning training modules are attractive to educators in workforce development and pre-K through graduate levels. Restaurateurs and chefs enjoy the flexibility and artistry of growing their own produce high nutrient density, impeccable appearance, and superior flavor.
Integrated Agriculture Systems (INTAG), provides commercial solutions for food production, wastewater remediation, and STEM/STEAM education. INTAG aquaponics systems are being used by commercial food producers, small batch growers, restaurants, farmers, and nearly 40 different educational institutions spanning elementary, secondary and higher education across Pennsylvania and Maryland, where INTAG systems are used to teach experiential STEM/STEAM skills for 21st century workforce development.