KISUMU, Kenya, Jul 10 — Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma want the national government to ban fish imports from China.
Ranguma says that there is no, “logical rationale,” (sic) for allowing importation of fish.
He says the importation will increase unemployment, poverty and inequality in the economies of counties like Kisumu that have traditionally depended on fisheries for their livelihood.
The Governor says he will initiate consultations with relevant local and national players in the fisheries sub-sector to discuss the matter and to put in place a framework for the protection of the local fisher folk.
He further announced that due to fears that the imported fish may not be fit for consumption, he has instructed the county government’s Department of Health to test the fish to determine its suitability for human consumption.
Ranguma says that the county government of Kisumu has continued to support the local fishing industry through improvement of infrastructure that supports the fisheries sub-sector.
He says that that he is currently engaging the East Africa Community’s Lake Basin Commission with a view to setting up a fish auction in Kisumu to improve prices and returns to fishermen.