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County scoops third position in aquaculture business

KNA   The Nyeri County Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP) has been rated third out of 15 counties, in the implementation of the programme.


This was after it posted impressive results during the first national stakeholders annual review workshop held recently in Kirinyaga County.


The objective of the workshop held between 29th and 30th of last month was to review the programme implementation progress attained by the ABDP, review the challenges encountered and find solutions to them.


A communication from the county governor’s press service, said Nyeri was rated third after Busia and Meru counties respectively.


The ABDP is a programme jointly funded by the Government of Kenya and the International Fund for the Agricultural Development (IFAD) and its geographical scope is the 15 counties with high aquaculture potential, high production, existing sectoral infrastructure (processing, marketing and research) adequate water resources and high marketing potential.


ABDP is being implemented in 15 counties including Busia, Meru, Nyeri, Homabay, Kirinyaga, Siaya, Kakamega, Kisii, Machakos, Kajiado, Kisumu, Migori, Embu, Kiambu and Tharaka-Nithi.  


The 15 programme-implementing counties were ranked according to the prudent absorption of funds, timeliness and good quality of reporting, quality of Statement of Expenditure (SOE), Quality and excellence in extension services, proper coordination among county staff, support in the procurement function and mono sex fingerlings which have been stocked in dams and ponds respectively over the last few years.


The overall goal of the programme is to reduce poverty and increase food security and nutrition among rural communities.


The Nyeri county government has been aggressive in promoting fish farming with the main aim of enhancing fish production and has since distributed over 945,000 fingerlings to over 1,400 fish farmers across the county at a cost of about Sh14 million.


It has provided both mixed sex fingerlings, stocked 45 fish cages each, with 1,000 Tilapia mono sex fingerlings.

Further, through the department of Agriculture, the devolved unit has supported fish farming through provision of fish farming inputs, pond liners, cover nets, fish cages and rehabilitation of ponds for individual farmers as well as offering extension support to fish farmers through fisheries officers located in all the eight sub-counties.


In the financial year 2019/2020, the county government undertook stocking of 30 public dams each with 7,000 tilapia mixed sex fingerlings and so far, fish farmers have harvested over 89 tonnes of fish earning a total of about Sh35 million.


The county government also uses Wamagana Fish Factory in Tetu sub-county as a fish bulking/collection center and is indirectly involved in fish value addition.



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