Former Minister for Regional Development Fred “Kaa Ngumu” Gumo is the leading investor in Busia County flagship Fish Cage project whose first harvest was officially launched by Governor Sospeter Ojaamong on Friday March 1st, 2019 at Mulukoba Beach in Bunyala Sub County.
The former Westlands MP has put up 10 cages of 10,000 fish each at Mulukoba Beach which will mature in the next six months. He is among 21 investors who have put up cages in a bid to promote the Blue Economy on Lake Victoria.
“ I opted to invest in fish cage farming as an example to the local community that everything is possible; one cage is expensive so I urge the community to form groups of five people each to procure one cage,” he said.
Gumo also urged companies that supply fish feeds to lower their prices to march the current maize prices which are relatively low.
Governor Ojaamong said his Government will increase funding for fish cage farming and give his technical team full support to make fish cage farming the leading revenue generator in the county.
“We have to be creative and look for you job opportunities and your resource is the lake,” he said.
The partial harvest of one cage with a capacity of 10,000 saw 3400 pieces (1.1 tons) of fish being harvested; the on-going process will continue for the next three months with harvests pegged on demand from traders.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said fish cage farming will stimulate economic growth, noting that there is need for Members of the County Assembly to set aside funds for purchase of cages to residents willing to venture into Fish Farming.
Budalangi MP Raphael Wanjala said the rapid depletion of fish in the lake was occasioned by use of poor fishing methods and toxic water along river mouth, thus the need for a dredger to arrest the situation.
Agriculture Executive DR Moses Osia said the County allocated over Ksh1million to promote Fish farming (Cage Culture) along Lake Victoria in Samia and Bunyala Sub Counties, adding that there are over 100 fish cages with many fish.