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Aquaculture Takes Root in Kakamega

The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) through the Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP) has started promoting fish farming in Kakamega County.

The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Agriculture and Fisheries Development, Rachel Okumu, has called on residents to take advantage of this opportunity and venture into aquaculture as an alternative economic frontier.

She spoke this during the launch of the Isukha Central Community Action Plan (CAP) in Isukha Central Location, in Shinyalu Sub-county, on Wednesday.

Under the programme, farmers are supplied with the initial 1,000 fingerlings per pond while the county government avails feed at a subsidized price.

The CECM stated that the enterprise will not only boost food and nutritional security but also generate income for the residents.

Okumu urged them to form groups so as to be able to source for funds to purchase inputs as creditors prefer groups.

She added that the groups would then be transformed into cooperatives which would create marketing linkages for fish products.

The County Minister directed the extension officers to be visiting the farmers on farms to guide them on the best fish farming practices.

During the event, she inaugurated the Aquaculture Development Committee that is charged with actualizing the action plan.

By Sammy Mwibanda

 

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