Assessing the Feasibility of a Biogas and Wastewater Treatment Plant at Victory Farms, fish farm and processing facility

Background Information

The fish industry in Kenya plays a crucial role in the economy by providing employment to small-scale and mid-sized fish farmers and contributing to food security. However, it also generates substantial waste, including fish offal and processing residues, which can pose risks to the environment and public health. While repurposing this waste for fishmeal production, fish oil, and organic manure presents potential waste reduction solutions, a significant portion of the waste remains unused.

SMEP is funding Victory Farms (VF) and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) to conduct a feasibility study with the objectives of piloting the production of biogas (energy) through fish waste utilization and treating wastewater from the production process. Biodigesters effectively capture methane emissions from decomposing food waste, offering opportunities for power generation and nutrient recycling through composting. Furthermore, appropriately treated wastewater can serve as a nutrient-rich water source for farming irrigation, fish growth, and production. This is crucial not only for safeguarding the environment but also for enhancing fish health and the overall efficiency and productivity of fish farms.

The feasibility study will draw insights from contextual analyses, which encompass technical assessment, economic analysis, and environmental and social impact assessment:

  • The technical analysis aims to evaluate the requirements for installing these piloting technologies at Victory Farm.
  • The economic analysis will provide a preliminary assessment of the project’s financial viability, including the estimated costs, the potential revenues and profits, and the potential return on investment.
  • The environmental and social impact assessment will provide a preliminary assessment of the project’s potential environmental and social impacts, including the potential for water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and impacts on local communities and stakeholders.

Photo credit: Victory Farms

Updates

The project feasibility study is underway. The project has completed the collection of baseline data, to determine the amount of waste generated by Victory Farms.

 

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Aug 2023 – March 2024

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