Today, CS Peter Munya today presided over the Commissioning and Handing-over of Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP)

Today, CS Peter Munya today presided over the Commissioning and Handing-over of Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP) vehicles to the first six implementing Counties and the Programme Coordination Unit.

In April 2019, the Government of Kenya through the State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy, got a 14.9 Billion shillings support from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Programme dubbed – Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP), is to support aquaculture farming in 15 Counties with high aquaculture potential i.e. Nyeri, Meru, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Kajiado and Machakos in the Central/Eastern Region and Kakamega, Migori, Homa Bay, Busia, Kisii, Kisumu and Siaya in the Western Region
Mr. Munya noted that the Fisheries and Aquaculture sub-sector plays a key role in food security. However, the sector faces challenges which include; Provision of good quality fish feed and seeds, provision and backstopping of technical services, capacity building in fish Processing and value addition, and strengthening of linkages between producers and market as well as other actors across the value chain.
Some of the interventions include provision of good quality fish feed and seeds, provision and backstopping of technical services, capacity building in fish Processing and value addition, and strengthening of linkages between producers and market as well as other actors across the value chain.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture sector has a big potential and there is already a significant gap between the current fish demand of 600,000 metric tonnes and the national fish production – 150,000. Mt. Kenya area aspires to raise the current per capita fish consumption per year from 4.5 kg/person/year to over 10 kg/person/year by 2030. This indicates a huge consumption gap and a potential market for the Kenyan fish farmers.

CS Munya was joined by CAS Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo and PS Fisheries Prof. Micheni Ntiba.