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County to put up fish market

The  Nakuru County  government  will put up a modern fish market that will help address illegal fish hawking along the  Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

Governor  Lee Kinyanjui said  the market that  will  occupy  a  two-acre parcel  of  land will have modern facilities for rest rooms and refreshments for commuters and motorists plying the route.

Kinyanjui  said for a long time traders seeking to sell fish along the highway had challenges ranging from storage of the perishable product to poor hygiene which he said the modern market will address.

The governor said his government has already set aside the funds for the construction and was now looking for land for the facility.

He made the remarks when he inspected the ongoing construction of a modern fish storage and processing plant at Central Landing Beach on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

At the same time, Kinyanjui observed that the lake’s ecosystem remained largely unexploited due to mismanagement that has  left the economic potential ranging from fishing, tourism and irrigation not fully taped.

He  emphasised the need to conserve and protect the lake from pollution and unregulated fishing adding that the plant will  enable the fishermen and traders to add value and maximize their profits as fish from the lake will be stored for a longer  period before being transported to other markets.

“The plant  will also process fish and fish products and be packed and sold as end products to customers both locally and  in the region,” he said.

The  Chairman Lake Naivasha Boat owners association, David  Kilo expressed concern over increased number of illegal  fishermen who he said were fishing along the beach line sweeping out all fingerlings that were recently restocked and  putting the future of the lake at risk.

Kilo  urged  the national and county governments  to  move  with speed  and  resolve  the  issue of  water  hyacinth which  has currently covered nearly a third of the lake threatening the livelihoods of thousands of people who directly and  indirectly rely on the resource.

By  Esther  Mwangi/Hannah  Wangui

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