Mwea Aquafish Farm Has Completed The First Phase Of Its Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)

Introduction

Aquaculture (farming fish under controlled condition) in Kenya is a new technology striving to satisfy a growing market for food fish and alleviate poverty in rural areas. Currently it is one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture in the World. Farmed Fish is increasing becoming popular and profitable. The main warm-water fishes grown in Kenya are Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and the African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus. These two species are fast becoming the new "cash crops" of the counties. Thus growing public demand for a healthy tasty and affordable protein food is stimulating the "boom"in this industry. The decline in wild fish populations as a result of overharvest and water pollution (in Lake Victoria and other water bodies) has therefore promoted the culture of farmed fresh fish that are grown in contaminant-free waters in static pond, tank and cage systems.

Another Bumper Harvest From Teso

The fish were harvested from Mr. James Paddy of Osajai cluster in Teso North District.
The fingerlings of the monosex male tilapia were sourced from Wakhungu Fish Farm and stocked on the 2nd May 2012 in an earthen pond under semi- intensive culture system. The ponds were fertilized using manure, two weeks prior to stocking. The stocked fry fed on the phytoplanktons and zooplanktons for one month, and were thereafter introduced to peleted floating industrially manufactured feeds for 257 days. At the time of stocking, the average weight of the fry was about 3 g, whereas at the time of harvesting on 13th February 2013, the biggest fish was weighing 1.066 Kg, followed by 0.923 Kg and the average weight was 0.8 Kg.