Kenya im­ports fish from China be­cause de­mand is high, sup­ply has fallen – re­port

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Kisumu has a deficit of 4,000 tonnes of fish which can only be met by im­ports.

A re­port on the Im­por­ta­tion of Fish from China by the Assem­bly Fish­eries Com­mit­tee states that the fish im­ports have helped bridge the sup­ply gap.

The com­mit­tee, chaired by Fanuel Aim, found that fish from China has been en­ter­ing the county since 2012 through Mom­basa and been sold in Mom­basa, Nairobi and other urban ar­eas.

Aim said this is be­cause the pro­duc­tion of fish in Lake Vic­to­ria has de­clined from a peak of 5,000 tonnes per an­num in 2000 to the cur­rent 2,600 tonnes per an­num. But de­mand is grow­ing due to pop­u­la­tion in­crease, he said.

East Seme MCA Ag­grey Ogosi said the county can re­stock the lake with fin­ger­lings.

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Tilapia fish har­vested us­ing the fish-cage farm­ing method in Bondo, Si­aya county, on Septem­ber 13 last year

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