Elgeyo Marakwet is among 35 counties which have been selected for the pilot program of Aquaponics technology.
This was revealed by Chief Administrative Secretary(CAS) Agriculture Linah Kilimo during her visit to the county on Tuesday.
Kilimo said Elgeyo Marakwet had been picked as on of the training and multiplication centres of the technology which involves fish farming integrated with vegetable growing.
Waste from the fish is used as fertilizer in the growth of vegetables, and in turn ensures that farmers who rear the fish also have nutritious vegetables to feed their families.
The CAS said the technology is new in Kenya and guarantees returns on investment within 5 – 6 months. She noted that currently, Elgeyo Marakwet only produces 10 metric tonnes of fish yearly.
“With this technology which requires very little space, only 10 farmers in the County can produce what the whole County produces in a year in addition to making good money,”she said.
She said the project is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda on Food Security and will not only boost nutrition security in the country but also promote the Blue Economy.
She added that the County will be part of the ‘Eat More Fish Campaign’, run by the State Department, to upscale eating of fish around the Country.
“We have also come to spread the good message of eat more fish because fish is highly nutritious and our people need to embrace fish in our household menus to boost our health,” added the CAS.
The CAS was hosted by County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut and Livestock and Fisheries CEC Joseph Kiyeng among other County Officials.