The government has approved the construction of Kabonyo Fisheries Aquaculture Service and Training Centre of Excellence in Kisumu County.
The KSh 1 billion project was approved following a meeting between President William Ruto and his Cabinet on Thursday, November 10.
The move is in a bid by the government to utilize the sustainable use of Kenya’s maritime resources.
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Once completed, State House noted that the centre will facilitate training, research, innovation, and best practices in Fisheries and Aquaculture through demonstrations and incubations.
“The seminal project will include development of a Nile Perch Technology and Innovation Centre, an Aquaculture Resource Centre, and the Kenya Fishing School,” State House said in a statement.
The Nile Perch Technology and Innovation Centre will be involved in adoption, domestication and selective breeding of Nile Perch, Common Carp, Milk Fish, Tilapia and Catfish.
This is in a bid to increase the numbers of available aforementioned fishes to small and large-scale fish farmers.
“The centre will offer complimentary sources of production of raw materials for animal feeds and fertilizer; thereby reducing the current inordinate pressure on Lake Victoria and thus allowing for the rejuvenation of the Lake’s fish production,” the statement added.
As earlier reported on WoK, Ruto and the new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt on Monday, November 7.
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During their meeting, the two leaders agreed to continue with the KSh 500 billion British investment projects in Kenya.
The projects are spread across the green energy, agriculture and transport sectors.
The projects in question are United Green, Grand High Falls Dam, Malindi Solar Expansion, Nairobi Railway City and Menengai Geothermal.