By Checky Abuje
The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture programme working across counties in Western Kenya has expressed commitment to the establishment of Aqua parks across the region in a bid to promote fish farming as a way of empowering riparian communities in the lake regions.
Speaking during a visit to the border county of Busia, the project Information and Program Officer, Muthoni Muta said they are very keen to see increased productivity and resilience of a sustainable community engaging in aquaculture farming.
Ms Muthoni lauded counties along Lake Victoria including the Busia county for embracing the establishment of Aqua parks, noting that Busia has achieved the significant success that has positively impacted the community and the County as a whole.
“It is very impressive and comprehensive model of an aquaculture farming and I want to commend the Directorate of Fisheries for such an elaborate effort, said Muta after visiting one of the parks in Port Victoria in Bunyala sub-county.
She added that her programme will not hesitate to support and fund such promising models to help the community interest groups to aggregate into producer organizations and enter into serious markets locally as well as international markets.
Busia county Minister for Agriculture Dr Osia Mwanje promised to ensure the program works for the good of the people of Busia County and beyond to realize increased productivity, adaptability and mitigation on food security and socio-economic empowerment, adding that Busia has been feted to host this year Climate Smart Agriculture event later this month.
12 Counties across the country will participate to showcase the projects funded and supported by the programme.
This comes amid Busia County being singled out by World Bank as the most improved county in terms of funds absorption, achieving over seventy per cent (70%) of its set targets and for being among the first-tier countries among the twenty-four counties covered by the project.