Fish farming is quickly catching up in Uasin Gishu County as farmers seek to diversify farming.
The Uasin Gishu County Government through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is now partnering with The University of Eldoret and farmers in order to meet the equally growing demand in the region.
Issuing over 56,000 fish fingerlings to fish farmers drown from each Sub County at UoE Fish hatchery, the CECM for the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Samuel Yego said that currently, the shortage of fish in the region has forced traders to import fish from Uganda where production is higher.
“Traders and owners of eateries import an estimated 2 tonnes of fish from Uganda per day for consumption in Eldoret and other urban centers in the County.” He said.
The number of fish consumers in the town has grown tremendously in the last four years and projections show an even higher demand for fish in the region hence the decision to sensitize more farmers to venture into fish farming through ponds.
“The County Government in partnership with the University of Eldoret is developing breeds that will be supplied to farmers to boost production including Tilapia and Catfish among others. Added Mr. Yego.
The newly introduced greenhouse fish farming is also taking root in the region.
The farmers are also being trained to form co-operatives so that they can easily access loans and jointly market their produce.
So far more than 1,000 farmers in Uasin Gishu have ventured into fish farming and the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is giving out 200, 000 fingerlings and 3060kgs of fish feed as a starter pack for the farmers