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Aqua Shops Increase Rural Aquaculture Development

KENYA - The first six Aqua shops in Western Kenya are ready to open their doors to existing or potentially new fish farmers in Funyula, Nambomboto, and Bukiri shopping centres within Samia; and Ahero, Katito and Oboch in Nyakach Districts respectively.

These franchised outlets will deliver a wide range of affordable, quality-assured aquaculture products and services including advice and inputs.

The Minister of Fisheries Development Hon. Amason Kingi will officially launch the shops on 11th February 2011 (9:00am-3:00 pm) at Nyabondo, Oboch shopping centre.

In attendance also will be the six aquashop operators, a range of commercial aquaculture input and service providers, over 30 fish farmers from the two pilot districts, Political leaders, district administrators, Ministry of Fisheries officials and potential new entrants into aquaculture amongst others.

FARM Africa together with partners, Natural Resources International; Institute of Aquaculture University of Stirling UK, and Imani Development are working together on this 15 months pilot project beginning in April 2010, with support from the Research Into Use programme, Department for International Development Research into Use (RIU DFID).

The AQUA SHOP Model has already been trialled and contributed significantly to rural aquaculture development in South Asia in India and Vietnam. FARM Africa is using this model to compliment the Fish Farming Enterprise & Productivity Programme (FFE&PP) of the Ministry of Fisheries. The Project is using effective ways to bring in and encourage the private sector to drive the growth of the aquaculture sector and create Private-Public Partnerships in service provision.

For further details please contact Farm Africa Project Co-ordinator Susan Otieno saotieno@yahoo.com

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