Kenya commences construction of modern fish hatchery

Hatchery International Staff
July 12, 2018
By Hatchery International Staff
The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute (KEMFRI) is in the process of constructing a modern fish hatchery to meet increasing demands. The hatchery will be situated at the Nyanza and Western Region Fisheries Research Centre and will increase fingerling production at the facility from 200,000 to 1 million per month.

“The hatchery will ensure that production and supply of fish increases in Nyanza and other regions,” KEMFRI Regional Assistant Director Paul Orina told Hivisasa.com.

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Orina predicted that with an increased interest in open water cages and other methods of fish farming, increased access to fingerlings could see aquaculture production in the area increase by 20%. He added that phasing out the current production methods such as raising fingerlings in ponds and static water tanks in the open would help address concerns over climate change and food insecurity.

Javans Omondi, a farmer from the area, said that the new hatchery should be a benefit for the industry as fingerling production is a significant expense.

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