Adopt fish farm­ing, de­mand for pro­duce is high, yet sup­ply is low, Gover­nor Kabogo tells Ki­ambu youths

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central -

Ki­ambu Gover­nor Wil­liam Kabogo on Wed­nes­day urged youth to go into fish farm­ing be­cause many peo­ple have re­alised the nu­tri­tional value of fish. He said the de­mand for fish has been on the rise, de­spite low sup­ply to the mar­ket. Kabogo said the avail­able ponds in the county can­not de­mand, so it is nec­es­sary for job­less youths to take up the chal­lenge. He said the ven­ture does not re­quire ex­ten­sive land and the gov­ern­ment pro­vides fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal sup­port for fish farm­ers. The gover­nor said the state sup­plied farm­ers with 1,000 mono-sex fin­ger­lings and 10,000kgs of fish feed. Kabogo said the county pro­duces 50 tonnes of fish an­nu­ally, yet it has only 600 fish farm­ers. “We have idle young peo­ple with pieces of land where they can prac­tice aqua­cul­ture. We have sup­ported fish farm­ers with wa­ter pumps, pond lin­ers and green houses. They also get train­ing from agri­cul­tural of­fi­cers,” he said. “We en­cour­age those who do not have fi­nan­cial sup­port to bor­row from our Bi­ashara Fund. It has sup­ported a lot of farm­ers and traders to start and boost their ac­tiv­i­ties.”

/GE­ORGE MUGO

Gover­nor Wil­liam Kabogo (in tie) at an aqua­cul­ture sym­po­sium at JKuat on Wed­nes­day

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