The partnership between County Government of Busia and a number of universities and other research units has yielded fruits with over 150 farmers set to benefit from four value chains.
The County Government through the Department of Agriculture and Animal resources, Directorate of Fisheries on Monday hosted the launch of the second component “Feed Systems and Research” under the Kenya Climate Smart Aquaculture program.
The universities which include Maseno, Egerton, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Techology and University of Eldoret have contributed immensely in research towards value chain.
County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Moses Osia said the aim of the collaboration is to find solutions to the various challenges facing the fish value chain in the County.
Dr. Osia said that the National Government is targeting 171,000 metric tons of fish by 2022 and that Busia County should be among the contributors to the agenda.
The Center Director of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Dr. Kevin Obiero said the program is going to take shape in three aspects coded three triple wins which encompasses increased productivity under the fish value chain, increased resilience of the farmer community and reduction of greenhouse gas that has created havoc in the communities.
Chief Officer in the directorate of Fisheries and Agribusiness Moses Weunda underscored the important role research and collaborations play in the growth of the fisheries industry and urged all the stakeholders present to make concerted efforts to transform Busia into the regional leading player it should be; in fish production and value addition.
He lauded the efforts of local universities in developing localized solutions to our local challenges in the agriculture sector.