Kenya fishermen urged to use right gears


The chief executive secretary in the state department of Fisheries and Blue economy Hon.Jebi Kilimo has urged the Kenya fishermen to use the right fishing gear to avoid constant conflict between them and the security officers from Tanzania and Uganda. 

Hon.Kilimo who was speaking at Opapo fish processing plant when he launched several projects including the 8 year Aquaculture Business Development Programme(ABDP) funded by International Food and Agricultural Development (IFAD) at a cost of Ksh.100M said the fishing population in lake Victoria is reducing because of bad fishing method. She said the fishermen should mind about the posterity as they do their fishing. 

The Chief Executive Secretary in his remark also urged the people of Migori and Kenyan as a whole to embrace aquaculture to help bridge the fish inadequacy gap in the country.

 She said the country is still facing fish shortage which can not be filled by fish from the lake hence people should embrace aquaculture and fish caging. Her remarks were echoed by the principal secretary in the State department of Fisheries and Blue economy Prof.Ntiba Mcheni who said that the government has embarked on mapping all the fish cages in the lake for planning purpose.

 Prof. Mcheni said the government is keen on planning cage fishing hence they must have data about the number of cages and locations in the lake. Meanwhile Migori county government has handed over Opapo fish processing plant to the strategic partners, Rio fish limited which will run the plant on contract basis.

 Migori county executive in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries management Mr. Valentine Ogongo who handed over the plant urged the locals to support the company so that they can benefit from the plant and other projects supported by government and partners.

By Basil Okoth