Over 2000 fish farmers in Kisii County have reason to smile after the County government installed a three-tonne capacity cold storage facility to reduce wastage and encourage value addition for the commodity.
Launching the Kisii facility at the Fresh Fish Market in Kisii town yesterday, Agriculture County Executive Committee Member Esman Onsarigo said the storage facility will meet the growing demand for the commodity in the county and its environs.
Onsarigo said the devolved unit will partner with RIO FISH Firm, one of the major fish suppliers in the county to encourage more fish farming and fish mongers in the county.
He said Kisii County currently has 2,000 fish farmers and aims to boost the number to more than 5,000 by the end of 2022 to complement the diminishing land use for crop production.
Angela Odero, the Managing Director Rio Fish Firm assured residents of assistance in getting market for farmers and ample supply.
Traders led by Shaban Ayub expressed their gratitude for the launch of the cold storage facility saying it will reduce transportation costs of fish from farmers and offer optimum profits to farmers and mongers.
By Jane Naitore