Today, Kisumu County fisheries sector set up a model kitchen garden at Mr. Henry Arume’s farm, a member of Sidika Smallholder Aquaculture Group (SAG) situated North Kisumu aquaculture development area in Kisumu West Sub County.
The model farm comprises drip lines, conical garden and vertical garden. The farm will be used for demonstration purposes and for capacity building farmers.
The aquaculture business development programme (ABDP) contributes to good nutrition using fish as the food vehicle to improve diet quality of women, children and households in the targeted Counties.
It is against this backdrop that the Programme incorporates kitchen garden in its activities involving smallholder aquaculture group.
For purposes of demonstrations, the programme supports the development of model modern kitchen garden in Kisumu County where different technologies will be displayed, including: conical gardens, vertical gardens and irrigation drips.
The Programme also aims to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers to increase production and improve productivity as well as to create opportunities for non-fish farming actors interested to develop micro enterprises along the aquaculture value chain.
The component on nutrition education plays a vital role in promoting good nutrition as it contributes to improved diet of the Kenyan population by increased consumption of fish, fish products and dietary diversity.
Eating well is vital for healthy and active life. A well-nourished family requires sufficient resources to produce or purchase enough food. Families also need knowledge on food selection for a healthy diet as well as skills and motivation to make good decisions on family care and feeding practices.
By: Emily Mikwa