Over 2,000 farmers in the aquaculture value chain will directly benefit from the KShs 47.1 million set aside in the Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP) in Kiambu County.
The program that targets smallholder aquaculture farmers seeks to increase fish production through the provision of aquaculture input materials. Kiambu County is one of the 15 selected counties in the country that will benefit from this ABDP program.
It will be rolled out in 6 Sub-Counties namely Gatundu North, Gatundu South, Limuru, Kikuyu, Lari, and Thika. 16 wards have been mapped out based on specific selection criteria that consider water resources, poverty index and current state of aquaculture as parameters.
The County government says the project will see to improved production, processing, marketing as well as change the fish-eating culture. The first batch of beneficiary support to farmers and extension services that were launched yesterday by Kiambu Governor James Nyoro include pond liners, predator/bird nets, motorbikes, laptops, and a double cab vehicle.