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Aquaculture Sacco set to be launched in Busia County

18 December 2014, 15:39 Jayne Zack

Busia - In a bid to boost fish farming and improve livelihoods in Busia County, a Savings and Credit Co-operative Society is set to be launched in the county.

The Aquaculture Savings and Credit Co-operative Society is expected to coordinate and harmonize aquaculture development in the county that has a high potential in fish farming in Kenya, especially tilapia as it is close to Lake Victoria and Kioga in Uganda.

The decision was revealed on Wednesday evening during a leaders' consultative workshop on aquaculture management system for Busia County held at a Busia hotel.

Addressing journalists, the coordinator, Kenya Market Trust (KMT) Emma Odundo said Busia Aquaculture Sacco will have all clusters under one umbrella with the aim of improving production and marketing of fish.

"KMT will help small scale farmers commercialize agribusiness, improve on performance and entrepreneurship, access markets and empower them to reap economies of scale." Odundo said.

The Principal Fisheries officer, Jared Agano and Deputy County Director Fisheries Nemuel Onchong'a reiterated the need to control fingerlings production in terms of quality.

The county government of Busia has been rolling out various programs to boost fish farming in the region in order to raise incomes and ensure food security.

Teso South sub county administrator, Chrisantus Okware said Ugandan farmers' Saccos are well structured compared to those in Kenya due to lack of help for farmers in selling their produce.

"Fish farming is a lucrative venture and this area being warm, propagation of fish is usually very successful." Okware noted.

He encouraged farmers in Busia County to have fish ponds and avoid overfishing in Lake Victoria as they can access international markets apart from selling their produce locally, through a network of fish farmers in the county who have been linked to buyers by the government.

The workshop was organized by the County Government of Busia in partnership with Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme.

It was funded by Swedish International Development Aid (SIDA), Program for Agriculture and Livelihoods in Western Communities (PALWECO), Western Kenya Community Driven Development and Flood Mitigation Project.

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