President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday unveiled a raft of measures aimed at boosting the Fisheries Sector as part of ongoing efforts by the Government to reposition the Blue Economy as a key economic driver.
Among the measures include fast-tracking the completion of development works at the Liwatoni Fish Landing Site into a modern Fishing Port with President Kenyatta saying the project will be completed by March next year.
With the completion of the Liwatoni Fishing Port in March 2021, all fishing vessels operating in Kenyan waters will be required to land their catch at Kenyan Ports. Vessels found to be in contravention of the requirement will have their licenses revoked.
As a value-addition measure, the Head of State has directed the National Treasury to release funds for the construction of an ultra-modern Tuna fish factory at the Liwatoni Fishing Port.
An to enhance the country’s capacity, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries will train 1,000 Kenyan fishermen by June 2021, who will be absorbed by vessels operating within Kenyan waters.
The latest development coming even as the president encouraged investors interested in the country’s expanding Blue Economy to take advantage of reforms in the sector to invest in Kenya.
The announcement of the new measures followed a meeting convened at State House, Mombasa by President Kenyatta and attended by Cabinet Secretaries Ukur Yattani (National Treasury), Peter Munya (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries) and James Macharia (Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works).
The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy Prof Micheni Ntiba.