Murang’a county government has set aside Sh70 million to revive fish farming. According to County Agriculture Chief Officer Peter Njangi, the once vibrant sector has been dwindling despite its huge potential.
Speaking during a meeting with agricultural officers on Monday, he said the county has about 2,500 fish farmers out of which 2,300 have active fish ponds.
The executive said the county produces 175,000kg of fish annually which is relatively low compared to the demand. “Most fish traders in the county get the commodity from other counties and they still make profit,” he said, adding that the county would soon build a fish processing factory to add value to the produce.
County Director of Fisheries John Rauni said there are 17 licensed fish traders in the county but they don’t get adequate supply from the local farmers. He said most fish farmers lack adequate information on the market.
“The high cost of fish farming inputs has also made farmers shy away from the venture. If farmers can be able to make their own fish foods using locally available materials then the cost of production can go down and they would be able to maximise their profits,” he said. He cited Kangema, Kigumo and Mathioya as the best areas to rear fish.