Dear All

The CSIR was recently approached by Professor Ramanathan from the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom to help identify possible collaborators for a UK research study proposal.

They need to find a South African aquaculture business to be involved as a partner in this proposal. They are looking to partner with African countries, in particular South Africa on agriculture and food innovation for the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) call on 'Agricultural and Food Systems Innovation' grant. According to the call, UK businesses and research organizations can apply for a share of up to £3 million from Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) for projects with partners in eligible African countries. Please note that up to 70% of costs for research studies are covered.

Information about this grant application can be found at

One of their ideas was to look at the following:

1) Aquaculture Industry - employing digital technology implementation (using sensors and making automated decisions) in for example aquaculture ponds (either freshwater or marine or both) to improve productivity. They currently have two projects on this theme with Brazil and China respectively.

Prof Ramanathan has requested an indication of aquaculture business whom might be interested in and may be contacted for purposes of this research proposal by 30 April 2019.

If you are interested please contact Lizande Kellerman at or Tel: +27 21 888 2489.