Mkulima today agriculture is the highest employer in the country. Nyeri county government is supporting the youth by stocking dams with fingerlings to boost fish production in the region. With the ever-increasing rate of unemployment, several youths have ventured into agriculture and the government has stepped in to offer support in knowledge and sometimes funding.
The Nyeri County government is one of the few county governments stepping in to support the national agenda led by the ministry of agriculture and the president.
In a partnership with the Aquaculture business development program (ABDP), the county government has started restocking public dams with fingerlings.
Fish farmer groups have received 40,000 tilapia mixed-sex fingerlings that have been stocked in seven dams across the six sub-counties.
During the launch of the project to boost fish production, Governor Kahiga said the fingerlings will help facilitate sustainable management and development of fisheries resources for accelerated social-economic growth.
ABDP is a 15-year donor-funded project aimed at increasing fish consumption by encouraging the youth and women to get involved.
It is expected to benefit at least 35,000 households. In the past six months, farmers have raked in 2.7 million shillings after harvesting 2,220 kilograms of fish from the county dams according to the agriculture executive James Wachihi.
This project will not only contribute to food security but also revenue generation, job creation, and wealth. Nyeri County is seeking to stock 37 dams with at least 245,000 fingerlings.
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