Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong

Busia county government has established a fisheries development trust fund as an alternative livelihood among fishing communities.

The fund is however aimed at restoring the lake and promoting fish trade enterprise across the county.

Cage fishing was introduced in Busia County late last year and has a maturity period of between 6-8 months.

Busia county governor, Sospeter Ojaamong, has assured more than 5,000 families who directly rely on fishing for their living and 3,000 who trade in the Lake resource, that fish cage culture will be one of the flagship programs of the county.

He has added that Busia county government has spent more than1.5 million on the project.

According to him, overfishing has put intense pressure on the Lake owing to illegal fishing gear, which has reduced annual fish landing, thus posing a threat in revenue to the fishing family.

He says that they will work hand in hand with the county assembly, with an aim of promoting fish farming in the county in favour of most Kenyans.

Deputy governor, Moses Mulomi urged farmers living along the lake to embrace cage fish farming saying the County Government will purchase more cages to empower farmers to venture into the trade.

Fishing is lucrative business in Busia County, with Lake Fish earning the County Sh700m per year while Dry and fresh fish earns the County Sh1.2b annually.