The project is being implemented in two phases: Phase 1 involves the construction of all infrastructure to support production of fish cultivation; Phase 2 focuses on implementation of the project value chain. A total amount of $400,000 was budgeted for the implementation of Phase 1 and $319,155 was spent in 2020. During 2020, the project constructed/procured 40 fibre tanks (providing for 11 tons at full capacity) for production, boreholes, water treatment and recirculation facility, office facility, feed store, feed, and a hatchery. About 52,200 fingerlings have been stocked and will be added to as and when they are moved from one tank to another. The first harvest is planned for February 2021.
The project has created about 30 job opportunities (nine permanent workers and 21 contractors were engaged during the set up) and is expected to benefit over 100 host community members upon the implementation of the value chain in Phase 2 planned for 2021.
This phase will look at employment creation through value chain development. Planned interventions will include training and resourcing women in fish mongering, preservation, and marketing; construction of earthen stoves for smoking of fish; fencing of the facility to prevent intruders; and training of off takers.
The project is being implemented in partnership with Ministry of Food and Agriculture.