Fish farm in Kenya is first in all of Africa to receive EcoMark Africa Label
The Kamuthanga farm, received the highest certification level possible, the platinum level. On March 8th the Kamuthanga tilapia farm, developed by FoodTechAfrica, was first to receive the EcoMark Africa (EMA) label. The label was awarded during a certification event of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) in Nairobi, Kenya.
FoodTechAfrica is a consortium consisting of private and public partners. This consortium was started in a response to the need for profitable fish farming. Since then they have helped the local farmers to improve the local fish production and provide innovative localized solutions for fish farming e.g. sustainable Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) technology.
The improvements at Kamuthanga farm have led to the EMA label which aims to create a global shift towards sustainable consumption and production. Which is in line with Africa’s vision on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. To receive the EMA label, Kamuthanga farm had to meet 200 standards, these standards are related to operational, environmental, social and economic aspects of the fish farm and are monitored and secured.
The certification of the Kamuthanga farm demonstrates that cooperation with local small scale farmers and external investors can form an ideal combination in achieving profitable and sustainable aquaculture in Africa.
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