Fish farmers in Lugari Sub-county, Kakamega County have benefited from 60,000 fingerlings distributed to them on Saturday.
The County Government of Kakamega allocated Lugari Sh2.1 million in the Economic Stimulus Programme geared towards stocking newly constructed and renovated fishponds.
Speaking in Lumakanda during the distribution of the fingerlings to 60 farmers spread across all the six wards, Lugari Sub-county Fish Farming Officer, Caleb Sifuna, said the project is an initiative by the Department of Fisheries to promote fish farming in Lugari.
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The program also gives fish feed to farmers at an affordable rate.
“We have trained them how to feed fish and also planned regular visits to ensure farmers are sticking to the right standards of maintaining fish in ponds,” Sifuna said, as reported by the Kenya News Agency.
The officer revealed that the fish ponds are capable of producing more than 250 g of fish upon harvesting and that the product can be sold locally.
“We started with a few farmers who, when they have fish ponds, should also have kitchen gardens to promote healthy feeding among the fish farmers, which has been launched in a number of schools and a section of farmers,” Sifuna added.
Farmers present agreed that the program is beneficial and that fish farming is a profitable venture.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.