Greenthumb CBO’s innovation focusses on improving soil ecology while providing healthy food alternatives by creating value added fish products using organically grown spices. While laying the groundwork for their intervention, a critical lesson they have learnt is that they need to partner with other stakeholders for faster gains. They have therefore partnered with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute for capacity building and the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries for technical support among others.
To understand the dynamics of the local fish trade and identify a possible source of fish for value addition, with advice from the Nakuru County Director of Fisheries, they went on a fact finding mission to Lake Solai on 28th February 2022. The lake is located only 38 Km North of Nakuru City and easily accessible on a tarmac road.
The fishermen at the lake reported that there is plenty of fish in the lake. The predominant species are Tilapia and Catfish. To ensure sustainable fishing, the fishermen are organized in groups to enable monitoring. These groups are equipped with cold storage equipment to minimize post-harvest spoilage due to high temperatures in the region and to ensure a wholesome product is delivered to the market.
“This visit was fruitful because we have established that this is a potential source of fish for our enterprise. We have also established essential contacts for future collaboration…”James (Chairperson, Greenthumb CBO)