Important points to note before starting a fish farm

Secure a Land or Pond Site

Fish farming can be done anywhere in Kenya because it doesn’t cause any environmental disturbance. Look for land where you can get it cheap and buy if you are planning to dig ponds or lease if you are using raised ponds. Depending on the capacity you wants to operate on, half plot of land is just good enough for average fish farm. However, you may go for something bigger like an acre or two if you can afford it probably for convenience sake. If you already have a compound with leftover space you thing can accommodate two or three ponds, you may use it.

Fish Pond Construction

You need to engage the service of expert pond construction engineer or you go to another fish farm to get the specification and construction requirements. The plumbing work must be properly done to ensure proper drainage. Types of ponds you can construct are earthen ponds, floating fish cages and raised fish ponds.

Secure Water

In fish farming, water is everything. Naturally available sources of water such as borehole, water pans and river water are the most suitable. Rain water and tap water from chemically treated source is not recommended for fish cultivation. Also if you are planning to do cage farming you should have an aerator at hand for oxygen.

Water Storage

This is the water reservoir from which water is supplied to your ponds. This tank has to be connected to your ponds through plumbing system to make it convenient for water to flow into your ponds when needed.

Fish Fingerlings

Get your fingerlings from farms or hatcheries that specializes in supplying it. You need to go for high yield species of fish and make sure you are sourcing it from a healthy farm. Our partner farm supplies from Kisumu can be purchased here


You need to be trained on modern aqua-culture practices before starting your own fish farm in Kenya. The rate of failure is high if you do not have good training. You can do a research and look for fish farms near you to get apprenticeship for an at least 2 months to acquire the necessary skills you need to get started.

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2 thoughts on “Important points to note before starting a fish farm

  1. Hi,
    I am interested in commercial Fish farming (raised fish ponds). Do you offer professional consultancy (a detailed and current analysis on fish production, marketing, projected budget and profitability returns, challenges in Kenya)? Do you also have a farm that conducts allows visit to learn, and at how much for the services?
    Thank you

    1. Hello, yes we do. Please let us know when you are ready we make arrangements. Send us an email to

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