May 17, 2022

Youth should Embrace Agribusiness-State

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State Department for Fisheries and Blue Economy Principal Secretary Francis Owino said that youths should take advantage of the programmes being introduced in learning institutions to enable them venture into agribusiness in future.

Owino said promotion of Recirculation of Aquaculture System (RAS) and installation of RAS units in institutions of higher learning in the 47 counties aims at engaging the youth at an early stage so that they can develop interest in agricultural programmes.

“The Ministry of Agriculture is developing projects and programmes that identify with the youth. This will enable them to identify their areas of interest where they can receive training from agricultural experts,” Owino said.

He said fish farming is the new frontier, where young people can venture and earn a living by taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the sub sector, noting that currently the fish consumption demand for the country stands at 450,000 metric tons against a production of 149.7 metric ton, signifying a deficit of 300.3 metric tons.

He argued that the fisheries and blue economy sub sector which contributes about 0.6 per cent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product supports over 2 million people directly and indirectly along the various fish value chains.

The PS who was speaking during the SemaNaSpox virtual weekly session on the status of food security at Media Centre, Telposta Towers Monday said in a bid to increase aquaculture fish production from 12, 356 metric tons to 61, 033 metric tons, the government has rolled out the aquaculture business development project in 15 high potential counties targeting 30,000 households.

Counties benefiting from the project include Kakemega, Homa Bay, Migori, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Meru, Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Kisii, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kiambu, Machakos and Kajiado.

“We are also promoting sea-weed farming in Kwale County where we have trained a total of 250 farmers and supplied them with value addition equipment to produce soap and beauty products,” said Owino

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