Sh60m Nyeri factory processes four fish a day


Village Elder
A Sh60 million factory built in Nyeri is receiving an average of four fish per day against a daily capacity of two tonnes, officials have said, citing limited stocks.
The factory situated at Wamagana in Tetu Sub-County and run by the county government, has only received and processed 758 kilogrammes of fish from farmers since its commissioning in February last year.
The factory has now resorted to selling the fish due to lack of the raw material.
“We are operating under capacity due to the low quantity of fish we receive,” Agriculture executive Robert Thuo said of the plant that was constructed to enhance fish farming in the Mt Kenya region.
Fish farming in the county was introduced through the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) in the 2009/10 financial year.
Through the programme, a total of 1,000 fingerlings were distributed to each farmer where they got free feeds, ponds were built and stocked in a project that lasted six months.
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After training they were expected to move to the next stages on their own.
On Thursday, during the official opening of the Central region Agriculture show in Nyeri, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked residents to take up fish farming and utilize the factory.
“I am urging the farmers to make good use of the processing facility which is currently operating under capacity due to low fish production,” he said.
But according to Mr Thuo, farmers are still shy to take up fish farming as a lucrative business.
Fish farming is a major contributor to the country’s food and nutrition security, income generation and employment. During the 2016/2017 fiscal year the fisheries directorate procured a total of 134, 000 monosex fingerlings for restocking exercise worth Sh2 million.


Village Chief
Harufu ya samaki na githeri hazipelekani...kitu haiendanishi na avocado haiwezi succeed Nyeri.
OK, calm down guys. there is fish production in the county but it doesn't meet local demand. as a result the open market offers better prices than the factory hence no fish for the factory. secondly, there has not been adequate rains to recharge the streams that feed the fish ponds hence some of the ponds are not in production.


Village Elder
The best they could have done with that 60 m is to invest it in kcc since most people are dairy farmerd but nimekumbuka brookside is few meters from kcc