Thursday, March 3, 2011

Kenya lack of support hurts fish farming as numbers grow

Fish farmers face new hurdles in lack of supporting infrastructure. More than 28,000 farmers have joined the industry in the last two years as the government implements a KES4 billion (US$47.5 million) project to build fish ponds in the 210 constituencies. The move has seen production grow from 4,000 metric tonnes worth KES560 million (US$6.6 million) in 2006, to 12,154 tonnes worth KES3.6 billion (US$42.82 million) last year.

The Fisheries Development ministry anticipates production to reach 20,000 tonnes by June. However, the growth in production has had little impact on poverty alleviation because supporting infrastructure such as training and extension services, supply of fingerlings, refrigeration, processing, and market access have not grown in tandem. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.
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