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Kenya: Fish farmers empowered with fingerlings to boost aquaculture value chain

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Fish aquaculture has been promoted to Lugari Sub-County residents as having excellent yields.

Speaking to sixty fish farmers in Lumakanda on Saturday, Sub-County Fisheries Officer Caleb Sifuna stated that the money from fish farming is never disappointing when compared to other farming operations.

According to Sifuna, the Kakamega County government and various National Government support projects, such as the Aquaculture Business Project Programme, have given fish farming the necessary attention. This includes the provision of fishpond liners as part of the program’s current upscaling of fish farming.

He disclosed that the Aquaculture Business Project Programme has made fish farming feasible for small-scale farmers without a steady source of water because fish may be produced on a modest, manageable scale using piped water or rainwater captured from the roof.

The aquaculture business development program, according to the fisheries officer, is supporting an initiative to diversify dietary habits by encouraging fish farmers to establish kitchen gardens for wholesome feeding.

“We started with a few farmers who should have kitchen gardens alongside their fish ponds to encourage healthy feeding among fish farmers, which has been launched in several schools and a portion of farmers,” Sifuna added.

The Sub-County Fish Farming Officer was speaking as 60 fish farmers from six Sub-County Wards received 60,000 fingerlings.

To encourage fish farming in the Sub-County, the County Government of Kakamega is funding the fingerlings project through the Department of Fisheries.

Sifuna reported that the County Government spent Sh2.1 million in the Sub-County on fingerlings to stock freshly built fishponds and refurbished ponds built during the Economic Stimulus Programme.

He disclosed that the department of fisheries had provided enough instruction to fish growers so they could take care of the fish by doing daily maintenance.

‚ÄúSifuna stated, “We have taught them how to feed fish and have scheduled routine visits to make sure they are adhering to the correct standards of maintaining fish in ponds. Well-maintained fishponds can generate over 250 kg of fish at harvest time.

He advised fish growers to market their catch locally.

According to Sifuna, the county’s Fish Feeds Substitute Program provides fish growers with feed at reasonable costs.

The County Government was commended for encouraging fish farming in the Sub-County by Nelson Majimbo, a fish farmer from Mautuma Ward Lugari.

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