KNA Nyanza County Governments have been urged to work together in establishing healthy business environments for existing and prospective fish processing industries.
According to Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’, there are only two surviving fish processing plants in Nyanza which are not enough to serve the region adequately.
Speaking during his visit to Lake Treasure Limited fish processing industry in Koguna beach within Suba Sub County, Senator Kajwang’ stated that despite the region having more than 100 beaches, the fish processing plant serving Homa Bay, Migori and Siaya Counties still experiences fish shortages.
He said there is a need for the government to come in and enforce strict regulations to ensure sustainable fishing activities around Lake Victoria in order to boost the quantity of fish in the lake, adding “It is a dual responsibility of both the county and national governments.”
Supporting these sentiments, the fisheries’ general manager Surendra Shetty further explained that the plant is facing fish shortages because some of the fishermen in the region opt to sell their fish outside the country.
Shetty reiterated that the quantity of fish supplied to the industry is insufficient in meeting both the processing and export needs.
He further added that the road infrastructure leading to the industry are poor which contributes to high production costs of fish.
The manager decried frequent power shortages in the region forcing the industry to regularly supplement power supply adding that it is a setback to the industry.
“The county governments in these regions should ensure that our beaches are the frontiers of the Lake Region Economic Block as centres of excellence for fisheries,” Kajwang’ advised.