The government will not ban fish imports from China as demanded by fishermen, a fisheries official has said.
Director general of Kenya Fisheries Service Susan Imande said the government has introduced strict rules to contain the imports and give the local fish production an upper hand.
She said henceforth, the fish imports would arrive partly processed and frozen to protect the country’s fishermen. “The fish will have the inner parts removed and will arrive in the country frozen, meaning that they will have lower quality compared to the local fish,” Imande said.
She spoke during celebrations to mark World Fisheries Day at Kamere landing beach in Naivasha.
Fisheries PS Micheni Ntiba said the country could reduce imports by improving fish farming.
He said the country has received Sh14 billion from International Fund for Agricultural Development to increase area under aquaculture from 4,628 areas to 4,942 acres by constructing new ponds in 15 counties.
“Aquaculture production will be increased to 84,551 metric tonnes by 2022, while the country’s annual fish production is approximately 150,000 metric tonnes valued at about Sh21 billion,” he said.
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