Fish farmers in Matete Sub-County, Kakamega County have been challenged to view fish farming as a business activity.
Kakamega County Government Chief Officer for Fisheries Zephania Otieno while speaking in Chevaywa on Wednesday noted that majority of fish farmers do not know the value of fish when time and resources are invested in them.
Otieno regretted that some fish farmers do not pay needed attention to the growth of the fingerlings and give them limited food.
“Let us do fish farming as a business so that we may realize maximum potential of fish in our lives,” Otieno said.
The Chief Officer revealed that the National Government, County Government of Kakamega together with United Nations, Food Agricultural Organization and other relevant partners have spent millions of shillings to boost fish farming in Kakamega County.
He pointed that Kakamega County Government in its County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2018-2022 factored fish as key pointer to the economic empowerment of small holder fish farmers in rural areas.
Otieno said that fish farmers will be buying fish feeds at half price because the County Government will also meet the remaining cost.
The Fisheries Chief Officer highlighted that provision of pond liners and other necessary equipment have been provided to boost fish farming.
“We have also invested in training of fish farmers to promote innovation, and technological adoption,” Otieno added.
Otieno was addressing farmers during graduation ceremony at Chevaywa Aquaculture Field School.
More than 30 fish farmers’ graduates were equipped with skills on how to source fish farming funds and best field practices on aquaculture.
Chevaywa Aquaculture Field School is among six fish farming schools in Kakamega County aimed at boosting fish farming in the county.