A section of fishmongers in Kisii County is appealing to the County government to close down what it described as undesignated fish outlets.
Both fishermen and fish traders lament that illimitable sales outlets have pushed them into incurring heavy losses especially since the outbreak of covid-19 pandemic.
According to Kisii Fresh Fish Market Chairperson Ben Mogaka, the centralized market that is already is operation will guarantee them sales as customers are drawn into purchasing fish at one designated area.
Mogaka says fish is being sold everywhere and customers no longer go to the market. They lauded the decision by the county administration to have the market in place but demanded that all and sundry operate from it.
“The market has enough water for washing fish before selling them and all fishmongers have health certificates from the county public health department” added Mogaka.
At the same time, Halima Abdalla, a fish seller at the market expressed concern over rise in the number of imported fish in the region. Halima says this has contributed to the reduced sales Kisii town.
Kisii County government constructed a fresh fish market making it possible for fishmongers to preserve and sell their fish, but many are still selling the commodity at roadsides and other undesignated areas.