State Restocks Public Dams With Fish In Drive To Supply Fingerlings To Farmers
The government is restocking public dams with fish as part of its plan to supply fingerlings to farmers to boost fish farming in the counties.
The programme, which is a partnership between the two levels of government, will see each county receive at least 100,000 fingerlings.
Speaking in Laikipia when she restocked King’uka dam with10,000 fingerlings, Livestock and Fisheries Chief Administrative Secretary, Linah Kilimo, said the project will boost food security and create a source of income local populations.
“As a Ministry, we are geared towards helping President Uhuru Kenyatta achieve his Big Four Agenda, especially in food security. Fish farming is one of many areas that the government is investing in to make sure people have enough food and especially in arid and semi-arid areas,” she said.
Dams in the arid and semi-arid counties can support fishing farming, she added, giving residents alternative sources of income.
“The warm weather in this area is favourable and we know the fish will do well if the fingerlings are well cared for. We expect the fish to mature in eight months,” she said, adding that demand for fish in the country far outstrips supply.
“Supplying the fingerlings will lead to high production of fish to cater for its big demand in the country. Residents will now be able to take advantage of the high demand for fish and make extra returns while still getting a well-balanced diet,” she said.
Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said his administration was committed to ensuring that fish farming thrived in all parts of the county. He said they restocked 16 dams in 2020 with 10 more reservoirs earmarked for 2021.
“Apart from desilting dams to provide water for irrigation to our farmers, we will now serve another purpose of rearing fish which will be a boost to the economy of the county and put an extra shilling to the pocket of the common mwananchi,” he said.
The governor added that fish farming in the area will not only provide residents with much-needed protein but also create employment to hundreds of locals.
“As a county, we are going to offer technical assistance to farmers on fish keeping to ensure the project is successful,” he said while calling for controlled fishing to ensure there is proper breeding.