Student thriving through fish farming

Student thriving through fish farming

Students across the country battle with managing to keep some money in their pockets whilst searching for higher education. Ken Mwenda, a student getting his diploma in applied agriculture is one of the few who seem to have figured out a system. Beyond studying, Ken is also a thriving fish farmer while many of his peer’s battle with the jobless struggle that plagues the youth.

Ken shared that his dive into fish farming began as the global COVID-19 hit the globe. He is a resident of Kianjai, Tigania West Sub-county and believes his venture has brought some light to the community. His initiative has allowed him to cater for his school fees, upkeep and also help his family.

A greater shock comes as he shares that he only required Sh 1,000 of capital to begin his fish farming.

“I dug the pond myself, fetched the fingerlings from a river that also supplies the pond. The Sh 1,000 I invested was only for the plastic fishpond cover” shared Mwenda.

Mwenda makes about Sh 2,000 weekly from selling his fish. A kilogram of catfish and tilapia go for Sh300 and Sh400 respectively.

Mwenda urges his peers and others in the community to get into fish farming as a way to make additional income. Additionally, Mwenda has taken responsibility as the youth agriculture ambassador and helps young people understand the value of farming.

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