Kegati Aquaculture Research Center

Kegati Aquaculture Research Center was initiated in 1992 to undertake a multidisciplinary research approach aimed at enhancing high and lowland altitude aquaculture development. The center is situated on the Kisii highlands (Kisii County) overreaching the Lake Victoria Basin, south west Kenya, about 300km from Nairobi. Situated at an altitude of 1700 metres above sea level and latitude 00°42″S; 034°47″E, the Center receives year round long (March to June) and short rains (October to November) rains with an annual rainfall of about 1800mm.

The center undertakes aquaculture research with a major focus on introduction of commercially important lake basin indigenous fish species, fish seed and feed production, affordable climate smart culture systems and technologies, fish health and nutrition and environmental monitoring and management.

Scientists at the center are engaged in various on-station and on-farm demand driven research activities through a participatory action approach. Among the activities are provision of Nile tilapia improved seed and technical advice to farmers.

LWMN students from Egerton University led by Prof Kitaka and Dr On’gondo get practical skills on tilapia breeding, egg and fry harvesting at Kegati Aquaculture Centre

Scientists at the center are engaged in various on-station and on-farm demand driven research activities through a participatory action approach. Among the activities are provision of Nile tilapia improved seed and technical advice to farmers.

Dr Orina CD/AS Kegati Aquaculture Centre and Mr Henry Nzinga PRO Hoam Bay County conduct a technology assessment on aquaculture value chain for commercialization under the Agriculture Sector Development Program (ASDSP).

The scientists are also currently engaged in monitoring all aspects of cage culture initiatives in Lake Victoria. KMFRI recommends investors to consult before investing in cage fish farming to avoid investment losses, ecological contamination and resource conflicts. 

 


Research Funding (Successfully Completed) 

Project Title Funding Source Grant Level Duration
Commercializing aquaculture production through sustainable technologies and market linkages Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP)-World Bank 50,000,000 Ksh 2011-2015
Building public private sector partnership to enhance the productivity and competitiveness in the Eastern and Central Africa region (ECA) Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa 264,735.91 USD 2011-2014

 


Centre Director

Dr. Paul Orina
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute,
Kegati Aquaculture Centre,
P.O Box 3259, 40200,
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Phone:+254 720592917 or  (254 381) 31139
Kisii, KENYA.