In order to improve fish productivity and establish centres of excellence where farmers can learn modern farming technologies, Uasin Gishu County through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries constructed six fish ponds in the County at a total cost of KShs 1.3 million.
Each of the six Sub-Counties within Uasin Gishu County benefited with a Demonstration fish pond.
Launching one of the demo ponds at Mateeny Cooperative Society in Soy Ward, Soy sub-county, the CECM in charge of the Department Mr. Samuel Yego, lauded the project saying that it would go a long way in offering practical training to farmers.
” Farmers are free to visit the ponds anytime and learn. We also expect to carry out on-farm demonstrations at the sites” said Mr. Yego
Being an expert in the Fish study, the Chief Officer for the department Dr. Victoria Tarus took to demonstrate how well the fingerlings were to be placed in the ponds.
The department had earlier set a criterion for the beneficiaries which included accessibility by farmers within each Sub County and security.
Dr. Tarus noted that plans were underway for construction of more demo ponds at the county Fisheries station and at the Farmers Training Centre at Chebororwa.
Each demo pond was also provided one thousand fingerlings for each fish pond as well as twenty bags of fish feeds for each Demonstration fish pond to feed the fish to maturity.
The construction work included pond design, site survey, pegging, excavation, aligning the slopes and dykes, installation of pond liner and fitting with the necessary inlets and screened outlets.