By: Emily Mikwa
Fish farming in Kisumu yesterday received a major boost with support of 3, 496 bags of fish feeds from the aquaculture business Development programme( ABDP).
The fish feeds weighing 25Kgs per bag were distributed to farmers in the County within the aquaculture working areas namely: Kisumu West, Nyando, Muhoroni and Nyakach.
They were distributed as follows: Nyando received 592 bags, Muhoroni 928 bags, Kisumu West 884 bags and Nyakach 1044 bags respectively.
Four schools were also the beneficiaries of 48 bags with each school receiving 12 bags of the fish feeds.
This support is in line with the project’s development agenda of increasing the incomes, food security and nutritional status of the wider communities of poor rural households involved in the aquaculture targeted Counties.
While presiding over the distribution of the fish feeds to farmers, the County Programme Coordinator, Mr. Kenneth Luga encouraged the farmers to assess the fish ponds by sampling to know the exact type of feed to give either 2mm, 3mm or 4mm.
He further advised them to follow fish feeding instructions to avoid wastage and Incase of any challenges, the extension officers would give guidelines.
The overall goal of the ABDP is reduced poverty and increased food security and nutrition in rural communities shown by improved dietary diversity through different activities and initiatives.
Generally, the programme seeks to support 1544 fish farmers in Kisumu County.