Fish processing plant on Homa Bay completed

Written By: Ruth Mutegi

Auma said that the fisheries sector in the lake could collapse as had happened in 2010 despite the presence of a fisheries department located near the lake.

Fish production in Homa Bay County is expected to go a notch higher with the completion of a fish processing plant situated in Rongo ward.

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Built at a cost of 92 million shillings by the national government, the plant has a capacity to process 25 tonnes of fish daily.

Fisheries and Blue Economy State Department Director Haron Khato says this is part of the aquaculture programme that seeks to encourage fish farming across counties.

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The recent influx of fish from China sold locally at a much lower price has been detrimental to local fishermen.

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The situation is further complicated by insufficient storage and processing facilities especially in fishing regions around Lake Victoria.

The completion of the KES 92 million shillings fish processing plant in Opapo, Rongo Homa Bay County by the government is among initiatives that is backed to increase production in the country.

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The plant has a capacity of processing 25 tonnes of fish per day and is expected to encourage aquaculture in the area, providing employment to hundreds of people.

Fishermen in the area are further being advised to form savings and credit societies that will ensure efficient management of the facility.

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The county government has similarly committed to allocate KES 30 million to support the industry.

Migori is the last among the four earmarked counties to have completed a fish processing plant after Nyeri, Kakamega and Embu Counties, in a programme seeking to boost fish production.


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