Government To Establish A Fish Research Institute In Eldoret
Uasin Gishu County is set to get its first-ever research institute that is to be established in Eldoret in 18 months’ time.
The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) managing director James Njiru said the government would establish the facility to boost the adoption of aquaculture as one way of weaning people off red meat.
Speaking at Uasin Gishu county headquarters, Prof Njiru fish farming will also help diversify sources of income for the county residents.
“We have discussed with Governor Mandago on the need to diversify farming in this county. It's clear fish farming has a higher return in only six months unlike maize which takes a longer period with probably lower returns,” he said.
He said counties such as Machakos and Nyeri knew little about fish farming a while back and now they are big producers.
“We have necessary training and workshops in place to train farmers in fish farming and actualise their profit in just a short period of time. As a county of champions, why not champion on fish farming too?” he said.
Prof Njuki more white meat and less red meat intake improves health and helps in battling some common chronic illness.
"It's critical that we provide protein to feed our citizens. And there is no more sustainable protein that is produced than through fish farming, blue economy is the way to go," Njiru said.
“Eating red meat and processed meat can raise the risk of Type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and certain cancers, especially colorectal cancer,” he added.
Governor Jackson Mandago said he was delighted to witness the formalisation of the project saying it will help residents to diversify into a more sustainable income-generating activity to improve their lives.
“We have been yearning for this opportunity in having a research institute in our county. This will not only help us but also help neighbouring counties like Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot,” he said.
Mandago said the county is setting a weekly day, “Fish Thursday”, to create awareness on fish farming and diet.
“The research institute will uplift our standards in modern farming and will in return improve people’s lives,” he said.