Fish production and aquaculture in Kisumu County are booming again, strengthening the fight against hunger.
This despite the gradual decline in fish stocks and catches in previous years.
According to a baseline survey conducted on the Kisumu side of Lake Victoria, annual fish production was 2,000 tonnes valued at 320 million shillings in fiscal year 2019/20.
Kisumu County Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Director General Paul Omanga said on Thursday that the aquaculture industry produced 43 tons worth 9 million shillings during the same period.
“We are pleased to note that aquaculture-based fish farming has also increased steadily in the county, with most of the products coming from individual farmers and groups of farmers,” he said.
Mr. Omanga said increasing fish production and aquaculture would significantly contribute to food security in the county.
Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o said more needs to be done to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in the county.
“Failure to implement adequate measures prevents the sector from contributing to food security,” said Professor Nyong’o.
He stressed the need to take into account the environmental challenges and the impacts on the ecosystem of fish and aquaculture, especially in light of climate change.
“This means the county must guard against effluents, greenhouse gas emissions, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity that can reduce fish production and aquaculture,” he said. he declares.