Aquaculture CRSP 21st Annual Technical Report
Aquaculture Training for Kenyan Fisheries Officers and University Students
Ninth Work Plan, Adoption/Diffusion Research 3 (9ADR3)
Karen L. Veverica
Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures
Charles C. Ngugi and Mucai Muchiri
Department of Fisheries
Judith Amadiva and Bethuel Omolo
Sagana Fish Farm
James R. Bowman
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Lack of technical training has been cited as a major reason for the low output of fish ponds in Kenya. The lack was observed at all levels, from the lowest level extension agent through university levels. This training program, undertaken under the Ninth Work Plan by the Aquaculture CRSP Kenya Project, has sought to improve training and to provide a cadre of trainers who have extensive practical fish production experience.
Full scholarship support was provided for two M.S. students under this activity, one at Moi University's Chepkoilel Campus, Eldoret, Kenya, and the other at Auburn University, Alabama. Stipends were provided to allow graduate and undergraduate university students to work at Sagana Fish Farm to conduct thesis research and gain valuable field experience, and a small research project program has allowed the station staff to further their professional development and carry out their own research, which is expected to have a positive impact on station management.
A series of five short courses for personnel of the Kenya Fisheries Department (FD) was begun in 1999 and concluded in 2000. In the first four sessions of the series, more than 80 FD staff received two weeks of training in pond construction methods and pond management techniques, and in the final session an additional 26 persons (24 fisheries officers and two outside-funded participants) received three weeks of advanced training in pond construction, pond management, and business planning.
Following requests from farmers, a program of farmer education days was developed to complement the short-course training undertaken in this activity. During the first half of 1999, five farmer education days were held in which 107 farmers and 40 extensionists participated. All districts in the Central Province were covered, and one district each from the Eastern and Rift Valley Provinces was included. The farmer education days were continually improved, following feedback from farmers.
A one-day farmers' field day, sponsored by the World Bank (Lake Victoria Management Project), was held in April 2002 in which 20 fish farmers from Kisumu District were trained in pond construction and management techniques. Four additional farmer field days for 31 farmers, including fisheries extension workers, were conducted at Moi University and at Sagana Fish Farm in August 2002.
Lack of technical training has been cited as a major reason
for the low output of fish ponds in Kenya. This lack has been observed at all levels, from the lowest-level extension