Busia County Boosts Youths With Fish Project

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By Reuben Olita

Over 1000 yourhs have benefited directly from a Sh60million Kamarinyang fish ponds labour-intensive project at Kamarinyang village in Amukura Central Ward.

The County Government of Busia in partnership with Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture are constructing 100 ponds with 10 youths engaged to construct one pond.

Busia Governor, H.E Sospeter Ojaamong, who made a tour of the project on Friday, urged 200 youth who received their stipend to plough back on fast income generating activities instead of using it on leisure.

” A part from offering job opportunities to the youth and women, the Governor said aquapark aggregated project is aimed at increasing fish production, income of farmers, bring employment to grassroots and poverty reduction,” he said, adding that the
project will help offer training to fish farmers on new technology in fish production.

He urged the community to embrace the project and expand it by setting up similar ones in their farms, noting that there will be urgent need for a fish processing plant if many farmers will venture into fish farming.

Deputy Governor, H.E Moses Mulomi said 50 ponds have already been excavated, adding that their completion will spur economic development of the area.

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, 70 at Siunga and over 200 fish cages at Lake Victoria in Bunyala Sub County.

County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Agribusiness, Dr Moses Osia said plans to extend electricity to the area are at an advanced stage, adding that it will transform the village into a small city.

County Director Fisheries, Timothy Odende said each pond will produce 300 kilograms with 100 ponds set to produce 30 tons.

County Director Fisheries, Timothy Odende said the County Government is targeting to increase fish yields to Sh1billion by 2022 with desire to take the lead in the country in fish production.

Odende said the project is a 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 and construction of a building for installation of cold storage facilities and a restaurant.

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