Who we are
The National Aquaculture Research, Development and Training Centre (NARDTC) - Sagana is the national center for aquaculture whose mandate is to spearhead the development of the entire Aquaculture Value Chain (AVC) in Kenya in collaboration with the private sector. The Centers' roles include helping the county governments realize faster sustainable growth in commercial aquaculture.It is the warm water commercially important aquaculture fish germplasm gene bank and the national quarantine facility for infected and or imported fish.
The Center is also charged with the certification and accreditation of county trainers, development and review of training curriculum for aquaculture, maintenance of a National Aquaculture Database, development and review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for aquaculture, development of quality assurance standards for seed and feed, certification of aquaculture inputs including fish seed and feed, carrying out research in various aquaculture programs and serving as a national aquaculture reference laboratory.
To be the leading centre of excellence in aquaculture research and technology transfer in the region.
To facilitate sustainable development of aquaculture in Kenya through applied, demand driven research and technology transfer that is responsive to the industry for socio-economic benefits
Making you healthy and wealthy through aquaculture
The National Aquaculture Research Development and Training Centre (NARDTC) started by Kenya colony in 1948 as Sagana Fish Culture Farm (SFCF) later changed to Sagana Aquaculture Centre (SAC) in the hands of the Kenyan government.
The National Centre is located within Sagana Township in Kirinyaga County- Central Kenya. It is about 104 kilometers North-East of Nairobi and at an altitude of about 1231m above sea level. In the same year (1948), Kiganjo Trout Farm now a part of NARDTC was also started for cold water species (Rainbow trout). NARDTC occupies approximately 146.7 acres of clay soil land with 150 operational ponds of which 78 are fingerling and grow-out production ponds while 72 (150m2) are research ponds.
NARDTC practices integrated aquaculture comprising of fish, rice paddies, dairy and poultry. The warm water fish species mainly cultured are African catfish, Nile tilapia, Common carp and African carp. A variety of ornamental fish are also grown for sale to clients who need them for aesthetic value. Ponds sizes range from as small as 150m2 to as big as 4 acres. They comprise of earthen, concrete and liners. Poultry and dairy unit for chicken, cows, goats and sheep provides eggs, milk and meat (broilers). An integrated system of chicken above ponds ensures ponds are well fertilized and waste chicken feed is consumed by fish in the water. Organic manure from the other dairy and poultry units is equally used for pond fertilization. Dairy animals are also used to control grass growth along the ponds. An integration of African catfish and rice in rice paddies is at advanced stages of research trials involving the rice and fish extension officers, farmers and aquaculture scientists.
Currently NARDTC has three well equipped lecture halls each with a carrying capacity of 50 persons. The Centre has two well furnished laboratories for all aquaculture needs. Due to the high numbers of visiting trainees requiring accommodation, the Centre has a newly constructed and furnished hostel. The hostel provides internet, laundry and other entertainment services to visiting trainees and guests.