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Vihiga embraces aquaculture for economic empowerment

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Vihiga County Governor Wilber Ottichilo disclosed Thursday that the County Directorate of Fisheries is reclaiming wetlands to pave the way for fish farming in the region.

Ottichilo said the move is set to increase fish production and provide raw material for the upcoming County Industrial and Aggregation Park (CIAP) at Luanda township in Luanda sub-county.

The county boss spoke during a meeting with a delegation from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the State Department for Fisheries and Blue Economy, who paid him a courtesy call.

Governor Ottichilo noted that fish processing would spur industrial development in the County and raise revenue collection, underscoring the government’s commitment to promoting sustainable aquaculture in the region.

While responding to some concerns raised by members, he added that the county is reviving the Mwitoko fingerlings hatchery in Wemilabi location, to provide adequate and affordable fingerlings for the residents.

Country Deputy Director of the Agricultural Business Development Project (ABDP) Dr. Isaac Wamalwa, who led the delegation, said they would provide fingerlings, train, and provide market linkages for the farmers.

Wamalwa said IFAD, through the ABDP, has been promoting aquaculture in 15 other counties, Vihiga becoming the latest to be brought on board.

Under the ABDP, Wamalwa said said the county will be able to enable residents to take advantage of the wide market for fish products locally and nationally.

Gene Gituku/KNA
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