Urban Aquaculture of Catfish farming on Raised Ponds System in Nairobi County in Kenya to increase fish productivity and sustainability.

Urban Aquaculture of Catfish Farming on Raised Ponds System Project

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Initiative's representative name

Nesphory Mwambai President & Founder

Initiative's representative date of birth

22/08/1991

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Kenya

Headquarters location: city

Wundanyi, Kenya

Where are you making a difference?

Nairobi city, Kenya

Website or social media url(s)

https://twitter.com/organicilemba

Date Started

08/2018

Project Stage

  • Start-up (first few activities have happened)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €50k - €100k

Organization Type

  • For-profit

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Organic Ilemba is run by a team of young individual who have interests, experience and diversions in different industries but brought together by their common love and enthusiasm for the environment and sustainability. Our commitment to excellence and industry best practices keep us relevant in the vast field of agribusiness and environmental sustainability.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Market Opportunity; Local fish production is at the highest of 180,000 tonnes a year. From 2008 to 2018, Kenya’s highest production was 182,626 tonnes in 2014, the most recent official data shows. This fell to 135,197 tonnes in 2017. Kenya right now has a deficit of 500,000 metric tonnes of fish every year. Total value of fish quantity has been on the decline for three consecutive years.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Urban Aquaculture of Catfish farming on Raised Ponds System in Nairobi County in Kenya to increase fish productivity, sustainability and by use of minimal space. Due to high demand of fish in the market and use of modern fish farming techniques, Maximum production is possible. Using our Project of Raised Ponds System for production of fish fillet from the harvested catfish it will lead to increased agricultural productivity leading to a great source of income for our team. The projects will increase agricultural productivity through the deployment of proven and high-performance agricultural technologies at scale along selected value chain. Our Small-scale processing plant will enable us to get better prices for the product by shortening the fish supply chain and increasing bargaining and lobbying power. The perishability of fish demands that it is handled properly immediately after catching and until it is preserved for human consumption. Because the traditional technologies available for fish processing have being contributing to post-harvest losses. This equipment will enable us to produce quality fish fillets at a competitive price even across the borders.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

The proven and high-performance agricultural technologies of a Raised Fish Ponds System uses less space, are easy to manage and also movable enabling a farmer move with them from one locality to another. It can be placed on any surface and require no excavation. The most exciting aspects related to the project is the availability of (Roof-Top) area of the buildings in urban areas and the opportunities to create an integrated grouping of new sites (estates) for healthy food production, demonstration and learning.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

We look forward also to the possibility of building out and developing several other fish farming elements which would create a rich and satisfying experience for the community such as enrolling other farmers to embrace the technology in their space they have. Our estimated number of sites to reach on the roll out is more than 20 per year across the urban area of Nairobi through partnerships and renting the spaces.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

Generate more than 240MT of fish each cycle and our target is to reach more than 1,000MT per year. We look forward also to the possibility of building out and developing several other fish farming elements which would create a rich and satisfying experience for the community such as enrolling other farmers to embrace the technology in their space they have. During the second Phase of operation, we will meet with representatives from local private and public schools in order to develop on‐site educational opportunities via field trips and explore possibilities for extended learning, particularly for high school students. Also meet with estate parents where our projects will be located to develop on‐site educational opportunities for students around the estate on weekends.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

Our millstone is to increase Productivity and Product Value, Produce more than 240MT of fish fillet per cycle, Increase Market efficiency by Promoting value Addition, Domestic Utilization and Promote New Market, Improve food security and increase our Team income, Capture SDGs 3,11 and 14 and others.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

The use of this system will help in all year round fish production and investment profitability. Also the effective treatment of fish production waste water before discharge from the system helps to avoid pollution of surrounding water bodies and focus on increasing aeration in ponds or use of re-circulation tank, commonly known us re-circulation aquaculture system (RAS). Having a clean and well managed water system is therefore paramount in the production of quality fish, including organic fish farming.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

With installed of 5 raised ponds system per site, with this type of a system can hold upto 2,500 fingerlings and 20,000 per site. The fund will enable us to install in 5 sites as we scale-up to add the more sites for the first phase. Our target is to reach 20 sites in year 2. Income per site for fish farming, harvesting 18,000 fish fillet per cycle whereby the minimum price of $7 per kg will generate $63,000 per site and $315,000 per cycle. The site will generate 90MT of fish each cycle and our target is to reach more than 240MT per cycle.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Nesphory M.Mwambai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tabitha MbuchiNyaramba, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) George E. Mjomba, Aquaculturist / Ecologist, Chief operating officer (COO Mjomba Majalia PhD. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Mariana Ndungu, Nutritionist Leonard Mwadime, Chief Information Officer (CIO) Dr. Isaya Vincent Sijali, Chief Technology Officer(CTO) Jaxon shako motto, Chief Customer Officer (CCO) Prof. Ndemo Elijah Bitange Mentor /Advisor in Marketing

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

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