The Head of State says in Nyanza that Aquaculture will boost Nyanza Economy
President William Ruto has said emphatically that the people of Nyanza are part of his government and added that no part of Kenya will be left out of development on account of how they voted. “It is primitive and backward for anybody to imagine that any region of Kenya cannot get development on account of how they voted. That is not right , that is not correct and I want to assure the people that we are going to move together as one Nation.” Said the President.
The President announced that his government is escalating investments in aquaculture in the Nyanza Region to stimulate the economy. The President said this on Friday as he began his four-day development tour of the region by inaugurating Kabonyo Fisheries Aquaculture Service and Training Centre of Excellence in Kabonyo, Kisumu County.
The facility will be used to produce up to 10 million fingerlings annually, which will be instrumental in restocking Lake Victoria. The President said the project will not only broaden employment opportunities but also bolster food security and nutrition. “Fishery is an integral pillar in the production of food in the country,” he said.
The Head of State said the Government is constructing eight Fish Landing sites to further boost aquaculture in the area. “We will ensure the landing sites have cold storage, processing and beach management units to optimise profits,” he explained.
He said the Government is keen on reviving rice farming, supporting farmers to venture into sunflower production and addressing challenges in the sugar sector to spur economic growth. Later, the President presided over the breaking of ground ceremony of the Urenga Level IV Hospital in Ugenya. “The innovative health investments that we are making will strengthen our patient management and enhance disease surveillance and prevention,” he told wananchi. He also opened the Mutumbu ICT Hub in Gem, Siaya County.
The President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Eliud Owalo, Susan Nakhumicha, Rebecca Miano and Salim Mvurya, Governors Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and James Orengo (Siaya), Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda and National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah.
Also present were David Ochieng’ (Ugenya), Caroli Omondi (Suba South), Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) and Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Marwa Kitayama (Kuria East), John Makali (Kanduyi), Paul Abuor (Rongo), Eric Muchangi (Runyenjes), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Felix Odiwor (Lang’ata) and a host of MCAs and other leaders.