Cage fish farming reaches farmers in Nyeri
Chinga is a Fishing Group of 15 members. With the support from the county government, it is running a cage fish farm in Chinga Dam in Othaya.
“We have 10 cages carrying about 200,000 fingerlings. The cages are assembled on the side of the dam with the assistance of county government officials and experts,” says Ezekiel Wachira, the chairman of Chinga Fishing Group.
He continues, “We make the cages using plastic rails that hold the nets and measure approximately 15 feet and one metre deep placing them two metres apart. We then fit the cages with at least six empty 20-litre jerricans each. The plastic containers are filled with ballast to anchor the cages on one spot in water to make them float.
“The group feeds the fish at least 5kg of feeds a day, with a 50kg bag going for Sh,500 and we are expecting to start harvesting about 10,000 tilapia monosex fish by December this year, when the fish will have attained the right weight by the time and be able to sell a kilogramme at Sh300.,” says Wachira.
According to the Chairman, with cage fish, the farmers expect their production to rise, and they will sell the fish to Wamagana Fisheries, open air markets and Gekomba Market which is one of the biggest markets in Nairobi.
The Technology (Cage fish farming technology) is aquaculture model where fish is reared in cages in large, deep water bodies like lakes or dams, the natural environment where it normally lives.
The county government of Othaya has invested Sh1m in the project since the group began keeping fish in the dam in April 2018