• Group Photo during a training on aquaculture certification and other market access requirements for fish farmers in Kenya.
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Success Story

Tom Openda- Fish vendor, Kisii County

“Fish farming was never one of my forte” I started buying and selling  fish in 2009 and since then fish farming in my county has grown tremendously over the years" says Tom.

“My interest in fish processing started when Aquacultural Association of Kenya together with State Department of Fisheries through a pilot project funded by KAPP assisted me to acquire fish processing equipment and trained me on Value addition and now I am a fully qualified trainer and a model vendor” says Tom.

Through the Association Tom has been trained as a trainer (TOT) on standards requirement for market access, fish handling and preservation among other and with his knowledge and skills, he has been able to train over 20 farmers in his county and hope to increase this number to 100 before the end of the year. Mr Openda sells his processed fish products to the local institutions, schools, hospitals, hotels and open market days in Kisii, Nyamira, Ogembo, Oyugis and Trans Mara.

“This fish business has taken me places. Recently together with Mr Maingi National Chairman AAK, and Domitila Kyule, we represented AAK and Kenya in a Solo Exhibition held in DRC where we were able to market our products, establish linkages and networks for doing business in Kenya and DRC” says Tom

Mr Openda has also worn several fish awards including Fish for Trade award 2016 awarded by IOC-Smartfish Programme. He is one of the ten fish vendors in the country who have succeeded in adding value to fish.  



AAK is the National umbrella body of all fish farmers in Kenya.It was formed to bring together all fish farmers in Kenya with the sole purpose of providing them with one voice on common issues affecting them.

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