American Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
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American Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol.1, No.3, Sep. 2015, Pub. Date: Aug. 5, 2015
The Contribution of the Multiple Usage of Water Hyacinth on the Economic Development of Reparian Communities in Dunga and Kichinjio of Kisumu Central Sub County, Kenya
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[01] John Paul Onyango, Hospitality and Tourism Department, Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kisumu City, Kenya.
[02] Monica Achieng Ondeng, Hospitality and Tourism Department, Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kisumu City, Kenya.
A native of South American ornamental plants, water hyacinth has clogged water ways in many parts of the world, causing immense losses to fishermen, water way users like lake transport and sports, and ecotourism activities. Control measures that have been put in place like chemical control, biological control, and mechanical control have not been fruitful, and some have proved lethal to water life. Harvesting of water hyacinth for the purpose of usage in producing goods for domestic use, farming, and agriculture has gained mileage due to economic development that communities derive from harvesting the weed. This study sought to establish the contribution of multiple usage of water hyacinth on the economic development of riparian communities in Kisumu County. Specific objectives were to assess the impact of organic manure from water hyacinth on economic development; the impact of bio-fuel from water hyacinth on economic development; the impact of art work from water hyacinth on economic development, and the effect of animal feeds from water hyacinth on economic development of the riparian communities in Kisumu County. Descriptive research design was adopted on a population of 600 beach unit management members with a sample size of 120 respondents selected using simple random sampling. Questionnaires and interview schedules were used for data collection and analysed through descriptive statistics using percentages and frequency counts. The study found that the community members use water hyacinth for making green manure, art work, and animal feeds. Biogas and related products are seldom produced from water hyacinth. The researchers concluded that biogas production required advanced technology, which the community members lack, and recommended training on relatively cheaper technology in the production of biogas.
Water Hyacinth, Water Ways, Bio-Fuel, Animal Feeds
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