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Minister Announces Aquaculture Projects

by the Fish Site Editor
07 September 2009, at 1:00am

KENYA - The Fisheries Minister has launched a fisheries economic stimulus programme for district fisheries officers from Eastern and Central provinces.

Kenya has about 1.4 billion hectares of potential fish farming areas, according to Fisheries Minister, Paul Otuoma, reports The Standard.

He said the country has the capability of realising 11 million metric tonnes of fish annually.

This translates to 750 billion shillings (KES) per year, in addition to creating job opportunities to thousands of citizens.

It would also create employment for other actors such as fish feed manufacturers, fish processors and traders.

Minister Otuoma was speaking at the Sagana Aquaculture Farm in Kirinyaga on 5 September, when he launched a fisheries economic stimulus programme for district fisheries officers from Eastern and Central provinces.

He said the country produces 4,220 metric tonnes of fish, while only 772 hectares are currently under aquaculture since 1920.

He said: "Fish farming will eventually be rolled out in 140 constituencies and digging of ponds has started already."

The minister said the Government has set aside KES 1.12 billion towards the programme and challenged fisheries officers to support it.

"We have now dispatched fish officers to assist farmers to dig ponds," he said, adding that the officers are expected to roll out 200 fish ponds per constituency.

He also cautioned the officers against mishandling the funds allocated for the projects.

the Fish Site Editor