In Summary

  • The report shows that no impact assessment study or training was done before the project was started.
  • The report further the cost of the fishpond liners were inflated and overshot the budget by Sh125,000.

The Embu County Assembly has criticised a Sh7.6 million project started two years ago to supply fishpond liners to farmers, saying it did not have any economic impact on the lives of the beneficiaries.

A report by the committee on agriculture, livestock, cooperatives and fisheries established that no fish had been produced from the project.

A total of 77 polythene fishpond liners, each costing at least Sh90,000, were supplied to individual farmers and learning institutions.

Committee chairman Salesio Kimaru said his seven-member task force visited all beneficiaries of the fishpond liners and concluded that the project was a failure.

He said out of the 31 projects visited by the committee, only three were operational.

NO TRAINING

The report shows that no impact assessment study or training was done before the project was started.

This left the fishpond liners in the hands of individuals and institutions with no capacity to run fish farms. Some fishponds had no water while other farmers had no idea where to acquire fingerlings.

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