Farming has gained a new appeal to African youth, as a growing number of entrepreneurs turn to agri-business. But unlike generations before them, these agri-preneurs are doing things rather differently. CGTN's Lindy Mtongana met with an aquaponic farmer in Nairobi - who relies on fish to grow his crops.
Martino Kitio is a successful farmer, but you won't see him tilling the land under the blazing sun. Instead, he starts the day by feeding fish. And Martino is not concerned with fattening-up these tilapia. It's their waste he's after - an essential element to this aquaponic farm.
Kitio is among an emerging group of African agri-preneurs who are introducing new innovations, like aquaponics to the age-old sector of farming.
Kitio's Muteero Farms is situated on a 2-acre plot in Nairobi, Kenya - and focuses primarily on growing lettuce. One of the key advantages of aquaponics is that this type of farming is not reliant on soil.