Meru farmers can now smile after the government made an initiative to open fish factories in the region.

Speaking in Mitunguu, Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi said that the move is aimed at encouraging fish farmers to venture more into aqua farming and that the government will continue  to offer incentives to farmers.

“This fish factory is going to help us break the barrier which has been there in the past, ” said the governor.

A private fish factory in Mitunguu South Imenti is set to be opened in a few weeks. The factory has the capacity to hold 400 tons of fish on a daily basis. This means that farmers will have a ready market for their fish

This will be the second factory in the area, after a government owned fish factory in Kenyakine. The Kenyakine fish factory has been unable to sustain full-time operations, as the farmers could not raise enough stock.

Speaking in an interview with KTN, the governor confirmed that though the factory has been inactive for quite some time, they are going to revive it soon. “We believe that our time has come for us to revive these facilities so that the farmers can have a place where they can sell their fish.”