Agriculture and Irrigation CS Mwangi Kiunjuri on 15th March, 2018, assured fisheries stakeholders that he will look into challenges raised during a consultative meeting held at KMFRI’s auditorium. He said the government is ready to invest in lucrative sectors as the country continues to tap into the Blue Economy.
KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru was at hand to welcome the CS and his delegation which included KeFS’s Ms. Susan Imende among other top officials.
Uvuvi Association of Kenya called on the government to assist them access modern cold storage facilities to minimise post-harvest losses and buy trawlers to keep off illegal fishers. Aquarium exporter, Samuel Kiogora, cited trade barriers caused by delays in documentation process at the airport, which undermine businesses, and asked the state to build an airport in Malindi to hasten transportation of goods. Fishermen also cited interference from the Navy and Marine Police in their trade. Exporters of live crustacean said unhealthy competition from foreign investors has slowed down their businesses.
Mr. Charles Nyale of Kilifi said salt works in Gongoni pollutes environment leading to low fish harvests. Other challenges mentioned by various speakers included fish poisoning and continual use of paraffin lamps by Mama Karangas, which expose them to dangerous fumes.
Secretary in PS’s office DA Khator said the government continues to work with fish farmers to ensure the communities benefit. He cited a trip in which Kibuyuni BMU chairlady Ms. Fatuma Mohammed was sponsored by the state to travel to Zanzibar to gain exposure on seaweed farming. Deputy County Commissioner Nyali Sub-County, Joshua Marete representing County Commissioner, Evans Achoki indicated that the state has been supporting seaweed farmers get market for their value-added products which include seaweed juice, soap and shampoo.