• In a statement, the Governor said the project has come at the right time when the county government was wooing investments on opportunities in the Blue Economy.
• Nyong’o said the county department of fisheries and Blue Economy, will work closely with the national government to make the project a success.
Kisumu Governor, Anyang’ Nyong’o has thanked the Cabinet for approving a Sh1 billion Fisheries and aquaculture project in the County.
Nyong’o said discussions on the Kabonyo Fisheries and Aquaculture Service and Training project has been going on between the county and the national government for the past one year.
“We thank the cabinet for approving the project after successful discussions between us, the state department of agriculture and fisheries and development partners,” said Nyong’o.
In a statement, the Governor said the project has come at the right time when the county government was wooing investments on opportunities in the Blue Economy.
The Cabinet, chaired by President William Ruto, approved the project on Wednesday.
Nyong’o said the county department of fisheries and Blue Economy, will work closely with the national government to make the project a success.
On her part, the Chief Officer for Fisheries and Livestock, Rosemary Raluoch said the project was a big boost to the fisheries sector in the lake region.
“This is one of the flagship projects that the County department of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries has been pursuing with the national government. We are happy that it has been delivered,” she said.
The Kabonyo project will facilitate training, research, innovation and best practices in fisheries and aquaculture through demonstration and incubations.
The County government is currently running campaigns to promote aquaculture as a way of easing pressure on Lake Victoria fisheries.
The project will also undertake the development of a Nile Perch technology and Innovation center, an Aquaculture innovation Centre and the Kenya School of Fishing.
The center will also offer complimentary sources of production of raw materials for animal feeds and fertilizer.
This will help spur cage fishing which is currently hit by high cost of feeds and changing ecological condition of the lake.
Early this week, Nyong’o announced that Sh3 million will be spent by the county to purchase fingerings and fish feeds to caution cage farmers whose fish died following adverse environmental changes that interfered with oxygen levels in the waters.