Government plans to raise the current per-capita fish consumption from 4.5 kg per person per year to over 10 kg per person per year by 2030.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said the government is working towards reviving aquaculture in anticipation of the rise in consumption.
Munya spoke during the commissioning and handing over of 16 vehicles for the project dubbed ‘Aquaculture Business Development Programme that is designed to support aquaculture farming in 15 counties with high aquaculture potential.
The Cabinet Secretary said that fish farmers will benefit from soft loans under the Ksh14.9 billion project.
Munya explained that the project presents great opportunities for over 35,500 households.
This he said accounts for 213,000 beneficiaries who include smallholder aquaculture farmers, input suppliers, and processors through Public-Private-Producer-Partnerships.
The project is part of the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy of 2018-2022 designed to achieve 100 per cent food and nutrition security.
Counties that will benefit under the project include Nyeri, Meru, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka-Nithi, Kiambu, Kajiado, and Machakos in the Central and Eastern Kenya regions. The western cluster includes Kakamega, Migori, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisii, Kisumu and Siaya counties.