Busia Gov’t Pays Youths Stipends To Empower Them Economically

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By Reuben Olita

The County Government of Busia through the support of Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Programme (KCSAP) on Wednesday paid 150 youths stipends.

They have been offering labour for escavation of fish ponds at Siunga village in Marachi North Ward and they were given Sh5,000 each.

Deputy Governor, H.E Moses Mulomi who presided over the disbursement of Sh750,000 to the youth said the Sh40million project will help spur economic growth in terms of job creation, social amenities, electricity and infrastructure development in the area.

Already 40 fish ponds have been escavated by 450 youth and women who have been offered job opportunities to escavate the ponds which have been embraced by the local community.

Addressing the residents at the site, H.E Mulomi said the Sh40 investment in the project is milestone which is geared towards bringing development to the grassroots, noting that other inherent benefits includes fencing the fish ponds, availing nets to protect fish, spring protection and construction of a building for installation of cold storage facilities and a restaurant.

The DG said the viable project will reap Sh8million after six or so months with each ponds producing 350 kilograms of fish, noting that this will be a major boost in creating a multiplier effect that will spur economic growth due to economies of scale.

“Apart from many benefits farmers will reap, the Deputy Governor said fish has nutritonal benefits,” he said, adding that the county government has also constructed 100 aggregated ponds at Bukani, 70 at Katelenyang and over 200 fish cages at Lake Victoria in Bunyala Sub County.

Agriculture Executive Dr Moses Osia said the parnership between the County Government and KCSAP disbursed Sh60million to groups including those from Marachi North and South Wards.

“The aquapark aggrgated project is aimed at increasing fish production, income of farmers, bring employment to grassroots and poverty reduction,” he said.

County Director Fisheries, Timothy Odende said during the advent of devolution fish farming was hampered by lack of hatcheries, feeds and fragmented markets, adding that the County government is targeting to increase fish yields to Sh1b by 2022 with desire to take the lead in the country in fish production.

Marachi North MCA, Simon Asuka said the County Government has allocated Sh2.4m to supply electricity to Siunga village, assuring the residents that road equipment will be availed next week to open up the road in the area.

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