Fish farmers advised to diversify

Kakamega Agriculture CEC Rachel Okumu

Kakamega County fish farmers have been asked to re-double their efforts by transforming agriculture into a dynamic and commercial sector and also embrace diversification.

The call was given by the Kakamega CEC for Agriculture, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Irrigation Madam Rachel Okumu during a fish farmer’s field day celebrated at Lukova Community Area, Chevaywa Ward, Lugari Sub-County.

“As fish farmers from this region, you should also think of developing poultry farming as supplement to fish farming, and the already established crop farming,” she advised. She said her Ministry will work closely with Members of the County Assembly of Kakamega from the Agriculture Committee to enhance the allocation for Extension services to enable extension officers to adequately provide timely and professional assistance to farmers at the grassroots.

The CEC also encouraged farmers to join Cooperatives through their various groups terming it as the easiest and best way to receive Government support and funding. “The Ministry will also soon begin rating the performance of field officers, an exercise that will guide promotions and reward of the officers,” she added.

County Director of Fisheries Mr. Zephaniah Otieno challenged farmers to maximise on the region’s favourable environment and good soils.

Lugari Sub-County has 524 documented fish farmers with 675 fish ponds according to a recent survey conducted by Aquaculture Business Development Programme by IFAD.

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