The Commercial Fish Farmers training, organized by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, was hosted at the University of Eldoret Outreach Center between November 29th & 30th, 2017. Practical sessions were undertaken at the University Fish Hatchery and Fish Farm. The training participants included 20 Commercial fish farmers drawn from Baringo, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru and Bungoma Counties.
The theme of the training was “Quality Seed for Market-Driven Aquaculture”.
The training was officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Teresa Akenga who was represented by the Dean, Natural Resource Management, Prof. Lazare Etiegni.
The training targeted a unique group of farmers who are interested in large scale commercial fish farming with a focus on sustainable aquaculture. This was informed by the fact that key challenges in fish farming are quality seed, quality feed, water quality and commercialization of this enterprise. The training therefore covered the relevant topics including Aquaculture Perspective, Quality Seed Identification and Production, Aqua-business, Fish Nutrition and Feed formulation, Optimum Water quality levels and Ornamental Fish Production. Due to the informative nature of the training, the participants unanimously agreed to form a cooperative society and have already embarked on the registration process. The farmers are seeking to improve their fish farming techniques with a proposed a trip to visit a commercial fish farmer in Machakos County and the government fish farm in Sagana. The farmers requested for further training and collaboration with the department as well as obtaining quality seed from the University fish hatchery.
Appreciation is extended to the Vice Chancellor for supporting the department to host the training, the Dean, School Natural Resource Management, the department colleagues who facilitated the training, the farm manager for overall coordination and catering department for provision of their services during the training.
For further enquiries kindly contact;
Prof. Lazare Etiegni
Dean, School of Natural Resource Management
Prof. Philip Raburu
Head, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
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