Lake Victoria has been the primary source of fish supply for decades in Nairobi; this is why it comes as no surprise that the supply is steadily dwindling.
This year, the lake is facing extremely high levels of overfishing. Fish varieties, including the popular Tilapia, are now scarce, and the prices have significantly gone up.
Fish farming has the potential to increase employment, boost incomes and provide families with an affordable source of protein. Fish farmers and traders need support and investment if fish farming is to become a competitive industry.
There are many benefits of fish farming. The most significant benefits are as below.
- The climate and geographical location of Kenya are suitable for fish farming business and setting up commercial fish ponds.
- A large number of species of fishes are available which can be very marketable for fish vendors in Kenya.
- The high demand and low supply of fish especially Tilapia in the Kenyan market.
- Fish is an excellent source of nutrition. You can earn money by setting up a fish farm along with meeting your nutrition demands for yourself and your community.
- Sources of employment are decreasing. Commercial fish farming is an excellent self-employment venture.
- Commercial fish farming also helps for proper utilizing of water resources of Kenya.
How to Start Fish Farming in Kenya
Your next question would be, how do I start a fish farming venture. First, you need to select suitable land for it. The area you choose has to have proper soil and has to be on level ground. You also need a reliable source of freshwater supply.
A sound transportation system is also desirable because fish once harvested should be kept fresh and transported quickly to the market. A source of affordable labour is also a good thing to consider. Lastly, select the species of fish that you want to focus your business on.
Fish farming in Kenya is a lucrative business idea with high returns.