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Tharaka Nithi aims to be stronghold for fish farming

Tharaka Nithi County has launched a major campaign to increase fish stock in its rivers as a means of promoting food security and dietary diversification.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 24 Jun 2016 11:22 EAT

Tharaka Nithi County has launched a major campaign to increase fish stock in its rivers as a means of promoting food security and dietary diversification.

Kenneth Mburia, the county executive for agriculture and fisheries, said in Marimanti that 20,000 tilapia fingerlings have been stocked into Maara, Kathita and Thanantu rivers, and the project will be spread to other rivers in the region.

“We aim to stock 10,000 tilapia fish fingerlings into every permanent river in our county to promote food security of the residents,” Mburia said after launching the exercise.

He said fish stocks in the local rivers had reduced alarmingly owing to poor catching methods, which including poisoning. To mitigate this risk, he said the county government would introduce mud-fish fingerlings in all swamps in the region. The county government is also working closely with fish farmers from the region to spur production.

The chairman of Fish Farmers’ Association in Tharaka Nithi, Abraham Maruta, who was also present, decried the low interest from the region’s farmers in fish farming. “Farmers should adopt fish farming to improve their economy. There is always a market for fish since many people have turned to,” Maruta said.

Maruta asked the county government to hold workshops on fish farming in order to sensitise the residents about the economic activity. He also said that many potential farmers lack knowledge about fish farming.

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