Busia — There was a sigh- of-relief to fish merchants in Busia as two sister countries-Kenyan and Ugandan dedicated to ease the transportation of fish from Lake Turkana to Democratic Republic of Congo by forming a multi-agency workforce to design the modernity of fish transportation.
A high-powered delegation comprising of Kenya Fisheries Principal Secretary (PS), Francis Owino, Ugandan Agriculture PS, Maj Gen David Kasura-Kyomukama and East African Group PS Kevit Dasai, visited Turkana County, Wednesday, for a truth checking mission with a view to figuring out to witness the challenges going through the fish mongers and advocate methods of resolving them.
The workforce held a gathering on the County Commissioner’s workplace earlier than embarking on a visit to the shores of lake Turkana, to witness the kind and dimension of fish really helpful for harvesting and holding grounds.
In keeping with PS fisheries, Dr. Francis Owino the 2 groups agreed to type a multi-agency workforce that can iron out the variations which were affecting the fish market. This comes after a joint mission from Busia to Turkana to determine and witness how fish is processed and packed in lorries earlier than being transported to Busia enroute to the DRC.
Dr Owino stated the choice to type the joint committee, was arrived at following a gathering of Fisheries Ministers from Kenya and Uganda final December, with the principle purpose of discovering one of the simplest ways of evacuating fish to the DRC with out boundaries.
“Underneath Busia County Commissioner, Dr. Ahmed Omar, we are going to set up a multi-agency workforce to design and agree on modernities that can hasten transportation of fish from Kenya to DRC. We now have seen for ourselves and engaged numerous key stakeholders and from the Kenyan facet we’re glad that the mission goes to unlock the challenges that we had been going through,’ stated Kenya PS Fisheries Owino.
Busia transhipment and public sale centre, is a fish market and transhipment infrastructure that, on account of its proximity to OSBP, facilitates EAC regional Integration via cross-border commerce
Established in 1986, Busia Transhipment an Public sale Centre has membership of 1000 small- holder cross- border merchants with greater than 6,000 others immediately dependent in the marketplace for his or her livelihood.
EAC PS Dr Desai applauded the efforts by two states to come back to consensus via a multi-agency workforce to attempt to present a long-lasting answer to challenges going through Kenyan fish exporters, noting that it’ll additionally search options on worth addition for fish.
“This can be a crucial growth within the fish market, our foremost purpose is to achieve worth addition via excessive stage end result, improved small scale processing and packaging to face excessive within the expo-market,” stated DR Desai.
Maj Gen David Kasura-Kyomukama, stated his workforce had come to affix the Kenyan workforce find the answer on the best way to construction the fish commerce from Turkana via Uganda to DRC.
“I’ll be sure that fish from Kenya passes to Congo unhindered so long as it has the seal and has been cleared by the KRA and URA. We do not need any drawback, each good system requires to be checked from time to time. We wish to enhance the present system,” he stated.
He warned that the area stands to lose if there isn’t a fish commerce between Kenya and Congo. Maj.Kasura rooted for sustainable exploitation of the fish from the lakes to keep away from depleting the useful resource. Kasura stated Lake Victoria is dwelling to a inhabitants of 300 million individuals, thus the necessity to put correct constructions in place to safeguard those that interact in fish commerce.
‘I’m glad and glad from what I’ve seen and the knowledge I’ve acquired on what occurs within the fish commerce,” he stated.
Addressing a joint technical committee that pulls its membership from Kenya and Uganda that paid him a courtesy name in his workplace, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong urged the committee to search for a long-lasting answer to this deadlock. The governor despatched a passionate plea to the Ugandan Authorities to finish the harassment of Kenyan fish exporters.
Late final 12 months Ugandan safety officers impounded a minimum of 300 tonnes of fish price Sh.40 million that was destined to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This led to protests from Kenyan fish exporters to DRC who appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and prevail upon his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni to make sure compensation for the affected merchants.
Busia has invested closely within the fish business. That is evident after the completion of 68 million Fish Transhipment market, ongoing 700 million Jumia market and Cross border ladies market set to be set up all