Eastgate Shopping Centre has become trailblazers by being the first centre to have a rooftop Aquaponic Farm District in Africa.
The farm is in partnership with influential aquaponic company Ichthys.
Produce from the farm has been on sale since December 2019.
Eastgate’s Aquaponic Farm District is situated on the rooftop at entrance 10 of the centre.
The aquaponic farm district at Eastgate has three 10,000 litre fish tanks with 200 Pangasius fish.
“We have three 10,000 litre fish tanks with 200 Pangasius fish which are from Thailand originally. If you are eating the fish in a restaurant it is called Basa,” said Ichthys managing director and Eastgate farm manager, Justin Hess.
“There is a main commercial farm in Midrand, which is the largest aquaponics farm in Africa. There is about six other commercial farms in South Africa which is adopting this method and a handful in Africa,” said Hess.