Farmers in Likuyani Sub-County of Kakamega have received a donation of 44,000 fingerlings from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), through the Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP).
Speaking during the stocking of Siyenga dam in Likuyani ward, Likuyani Sub County Fisheries Officer (SCFO) Francis Cheng’oli said the programme is aimed at promoting fish production, in order to boost food Security in the area.
“Fish farming is one of the value chains the county government in partnership with other donors are investing in for generating income, as well as attaining food and nutritional Security,” he observed.
Cheng’oli noted that fish farming will not only provide residents with much needed protein but also create employment to thousands.
The SCFO said they chose to use public dams to ensure that even those residents who do not have land also participate in this venture.
“These dams have been left idle for a long time and this is one way of harnessing them through this community project,” he said.
He said the farmers would be spared the expenses of feeding the fingerlings, saying they will feed on natural available feeds in the aquatic ecosystem.
“We are advising the beneficiaries to protect the fingerlings from predators to realize good harvest,” he stated.
During the exercise, 22,000 fingerlings were stocked in Siyenga dam in Likuyani ward with a similar number stocked in Lugulu dam in Sango ward.
This comes after 23,000 fingerlings were given to farmers in Chekalini ward in Lugari Sub County last month.