Kenyan elected director of world aquaculture body

Mkulima today the world has not only become a global village but also it has a big open book for sharing ideas. With this new wave of globalization, many avenues and opportunities have opened for professionals and have led to a Kenyan and first African to head the global world aquaculture society in the recently concluded elections.

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Dr. Victoria Tarus, also the Uasin Gishu county chief officer in charge of livestock and fisheries is now one of the four directors who will serve for three years at the organization during a period when the world is dealing with depleted fish stocks.

She said she was optimistic that the continent will benefit from the latest technology and necessary policies to spur the growth of the sector.

Natural fish stocks are going down and the focus now is on aquaculture. This now means that Kenya and Africa will be in the picture when it comes to the adoption of new technologies.

The opportunity also gives us a better position to negotiate on crucial policies affecting the sector and better ways ti move into the future.

Kenya requires one million tonnes of fish annually but we only produce 200,000 locally.

In the year 2017, the country imported more than 12000 tonnes of fish from China.

The aquaculture sector has significant potential to reduce poverty and create employment but is not being fully exploited.

Mr. John Walakira a Ugandan was announced as the new president of World aquaculture society, WAS-Africa.

The organization was created to facilitate the growth of aquaculture across the continent through continued research, knowledge sharing between African nations, and a range of workshops and meetings.

Credits; Stanley Kimuge

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