Israel and Germany Collaborate in a Fish Farming Project
|An Aquaculture Project along Lake Victoria Has Been Launched|
|August 14, 2014|
Israel and Germany invest 1.3 million Euros in a fish farming project. This initiative's goal is to encourage communities along Lake Victoria to rear fish in fishponds, in order to increase their fish stocks and decrease their reliance on the lake.
This is a two-year project, which has been launched on July 2014 and continues until December 2016. The agreement was signed by Gil Haskel, the outgoing Israel ambassador, with Andreas Peschke, his Germany counterpart and Japhet Ntiba, Agriculture PS at Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi. It is expected that this deal will generate employment for the residents in this area, reduce poverty levels, and ensure food security.
Not only will it support the local community nearby Lake Victoria, but it will also provide support extension services in the county governments Siaya, Kakamega, and ain Bungoma.
This initiative requires training farmers and during his speech, Mr Haskel challenged the government to actually train 50,000 farmers in aquafarming during the coming two years.
The budgetary allocation for this phase was 2.3 million Euros (Sh253 million).
The three partners involved in the project are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries,
Israeli’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, and the German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation through its implementing agency GIZ.
Every partner will be expected to leverage on its strength, according to the deal.
Mr Haskel noted: “In Israel, farmers are able to rear fish despite the prevailing conditions and even export them.”
Despite the noticeable benefits for these communities, there had been some resistance to this project.
“But it has since emerged that conventional fishing (from Lake Victoria) is facing challenges such as climate change and depletion of the fish stocks due to too many fishermen,” Prof Ntiba added.