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Aquaculture Production Growing Despite Challenges

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KENYA - Kenta has seen its aquaculture production double in the last two years from 12,000 metric tonnes to 22,000 metric tonnes, despite challenges in the fishing industry.

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The National Aquaculture Research Development and Training Centre officer Harrison Charo speaking in Kisumu during a Kenya marine and fisheries symposium said the growth in fish farming has been tremendous in the country, reports TheStar.

Mr Charo said the high demand for Nile tilapia and African catfish seeds and fish feeds in the country are indicators of the growth.

A growth in hatcheries and investments in the sector were seen as the reason for the growth in the number of farms.

The duo made the presentation during a Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and Japan based university of Nagasaki symposium on the state of fish industry in Kenya.

During the meeting, researchers also expressed concern over declining fresh water species of fish such as Nile perch that has fallen to all time low in Lake Victoria.