By Nancy Masit
The County Government of Narok has embarked on fish fingerlings stocking across the county.
The Chief Officer for Fisheries Saitoti Ole Tingisha led the exercise of stocking a dam in Osupuko village in Transmara West recently.
Tingisha thanked the community for accepting the project and promised them that the county government will continue to visit the village and train the farmers on fish rearing as an alternative source of livelihood.
The Director for Fisheries Dr. Vincent Kinyua said people have turned to the blue economy which will benefit the farmers, youth and women and advised the Maasai community to embrace the enterprise.
He added that fish is easy to rear because pondwater can be used for other domestic uses and that fish is also a good source of protein and doesn’t have cholesterol.
He further commented that fish has Omega 3 which improves the thinking capacity and improves immunity in young children.
He told the farmers that Nile Tilapia fingerlings put in the dam multiply very fast.
Principal Fisheries Officer Hilda Njoroge from the National government donated 100,000 Tilapia fingerlings to Narok County and they will be distributed to 10 dams across the county.
Farmers Davis Dikirr and Daniel Mutenteti of Osupuko village have turned to fish rearing and both said that the community will benefit and youth will get employment.