Status of government/NGOs funded fish farming projects in Nyeri, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru, Kenya
James Bundi Mugo, Moses Gichuho Chege, Dr. Flora Namu, Mucai Muciri
This study provides and assessment of the nature of ponds and fish types in fish farms in Nyeri, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka nithi and Meru Counties in the year 2015. It was done in February and March 2016. During the assessment, the general status of the groups and the projects were evaluated. In particular the team looked into the groups’ characteristics, funds utilization, and management of the projects, project sustainability and adoption by community members. The projects benefits to the community, challenges, opportunities and linkages were also assessed. Even though the projects are up and running, there is room for improvement to ensure that the projects are sustainable and achieve the intended benefits of livelihood improvement and conservation of natural resources. The consequences of poor training and skills in fish farming has resulted in stunted slow growing Nile tilapia and uncontrolled cannibalism in African catfish. Reduced growth rate in tilapia, reduced production in catfish and low quantities of honey produced are contributing factors to delusion of otherwise enthusiastic farmers who have embraced beekeeping and fish farming as livelihood improvement options. Lack of training and skills in modern fish farming by both farmers and the extension workers require urgent attention by all stakeholders. Capacity building of the extension workers is crucial for proper technology transfer to farmers. Opportunities for farmers’ access to the required training and skills need to be deliberately created. Establishment of successful model fish farms and apiaries within farmers’ reach would create such technology transfer opportunities. To achieve this, clear guide lines are required for coordination of the beekeeping and fish farming sector. The entire fish farming value chain and market structures need to be developed.
James Bundi Mugo, Moses Gichuho Chege, Dr. Flora Namu, Mucai Muciri. Status of government/NGOs funded fish farming projects in Nyeri, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru, Kenya. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 6, 2018, Pages 105-108