Kenya imports fish from China because demand is high, supply has fallen – report
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.
Tilapia fish harvested using the fish-cage farming method in Bondo, Siaya county, on September 13 last year