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New Grant Helps Expands Aquaculture in Kenya

26 January 2016, at 12:00am

KENYA - A new grant will enable Farm Africas aquaculture programme in western Kenya to expand and help more fish farmers to develop their businesses rearing fish in government-dug ponds.

With the financial support offered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi, Farm Africa is working to develop a sustainable aquaculture industry in Kenya and double the country’s consumption of fish.

Farm Africa has been working with fisheries since 2011, as aquaculture has great potential to boost the incomes and the health of rural farmers and their families. In recent years, overfishing and pollution in Lake Victoria has led to a 64 per cent decline in fish stocks, and the price of fish has rocketed.

But the demand for fish has always been high, and aquaculture can not only prove very lucrative for small and medium-scale farmers, but also provide an affordable source of protein that their families need to stay healthy.

Farm Africa has already worked with over 3,500 fish farmers in western Kenya, helping them to make a profit from their fish.

In the latest phase of their work, Farm Africa will look to draw on the aquaculture projects already run, and using the expertise of Dutch partners, work with a further 1,100 farmers to establish the foundations of a competitive industry based on thousands of mid-size enterprises.

And with the creation of demonstration sites, a further 8,000 small-scale farmers will benefit from the increased food security and cash that fish farming generates.

The company will also work with agrodealers and traders to make sure that fish farmers can get expert training, and that there’s a market for their produce. Studies have shown that most Kenyans prefer wild fish to farmed fish, but we’re working to change this perception, and helping traders to sell larger volumes of farmed fish, which will take the pressure off sites such as Lake Victoria.

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