The Kenyan government has implemented various measures to encourage fish farming in the country.
Here are some of the ways through which the government supports and promotes fish farming:
Provision of technical and financial assistance: The Ministry of Livestock provides technical support and training to fish farmers, offering guidance on best practices in fish farming, pond management, fish health, and nutrition. The government also offers financial assistance through loans, grants, and subsidies to help farmers establish and expand their fish farms.
Demonstration farms and hatcheries: The government, in collaboration with agencies like the Lake Basin Development Authority, establishes demonstration farms and hatcheries. These serve as training centers to educate farmers about proper fish farm management techniques, breeding, hatching, and other aspects of fish farming. The aim is to provide practical knowledge and skills to fish farmers and encourage the adoption of sustainable practices.
Promotion through food policies: The government’s food policy emphasizes the importance of fish farming and encourages communities to set up fish farms. It aims to create awareness about the nutritional benefits of fish and promote a fish-eating culture within the country. By highlighting the nutritional value of fish, the government encourages the establishment of fish farms as a means of improving food security and nutrition.
Research and development: The government invests in research and development activities related to fish farming. This includes studying local fish species, their breeding patterns, disease management, and improving fish feed formulations. Research findings are disseminated to fish farmers, enabling them to make informed decisions and adopt innovative techniques to enhance productivity.
Policy and regulatory frameworks: The government has established policies and regulations to govern fish farming practices in Kenya. These frameworks ensure the sustainable management of fish resources, provide guidelines on licensing and registration, and address environmental concerns related to fish farming activities.
By implementing these measures, the Kenyan government aims to support and promote fish farming as a viable economic activity, improve food security, alleviate poverty, and enhance the livelihoods of communities involved in the sector.