The Nakuru County Chief Officer for Livestock, Fisheries, and Veterinary Services, Dr. Michael Cheruiyot, presided over the distribution of 3,250 fingerlings to individual fish farmers in Mogoon, Kapkures Ward in Nakuru Town West Sub County.
During the distribution, he said all the small-scale fish farmers drawn from the six wards in Nakuru Town West sub-county will be trained on proper management of the fish ponds to ensure they get enough returns from the fingerlings, which included 2,500 tilapias and 750 catfish.
He noted that with climate change, there was a need for diversification of farming methods to ensure that farmers have enough foodstuffs from a variety of sources at all times.
He praised the farmers for embracing fish farming, which, in the past, wasn’t a popular venture in the county.
Additionally, the chief officer said fish is a rich source of protein and other essential nutrients, and incorporating fish farming into agricultural practices diversifies diets and provides a more balanced nutrition plus better health.
The MCA for Kapkures Ward Robert Ruto, while commending the county for the distribution of fingerlings, said fish farming has become an important source of income for farmers through the sale of mature fish. And it provides economic opportunities for individuals and communities. Hence, it contributes to overall food security in the county.
By Veronica Bosibori