The county government of Tharaka Nithi has expressed her commitment towards supporting and promoting aquaculture in the county.
Speaking during the annual aqua day celebrations held at Chuka town, agriculture CECM Njue Mutugi said despite numerous challenges that are facing the sector, the Njuki led county government is determined to sort out and streamline the farming.
According to the CCEM, among the challenges that are facing aquaculture is shortage of aqua feeds, fingerings and lack of ready market for the matured fishes.
In bid to help the farmers maneuver through the hardships,Njagi revealed that the county is working on establishing an hatchery where farmers can access affordable and quality fingerings.
“For the best production and efficiency in aquaculture in the county, we realized that establishing an hatchery is vital. Therefore to shorten the long distances farmers are traveling to access fingerings, we are collaborating with national government and soon our own hatchery will be ready,” Njue said.
On the issue of aqua feeds that has been the biggest challenge, the CECM said the county government is embarking on production of quality feeds that will be distributed to farmers for timely harvesting of fish.
“According to experts, fish fed with the required feeds matures within a period of 4 months with approximate weight of 500grams per fish,” he noted.
“To achieve this,the county is aiming at manufacturing own feeds in the same way we are doing for animal feeds to ensure maximum production,” he added.
Public service CECM Abraham Maruta urged fish farmers to embrace modern techniques of fish rearing and value addition.
For the last few years, Tharaka Nithi county government has been supporting the sector through availing relevant resources.