Fish farmers in Naivasha have all the reasons to celebrate after the Nakuru County government released over ksh.18m for the construction of a fish-processing plant in the area.
The plant expected to be complete in the next four months will be constructed near the Central Landing beach and will help address fish storage and marketing.
This comes barely a week after Nakuru County government in collaboration with the fishing fraternity restocked the lake with close 70,000 fingerlings in a move aimed at enhancing fish production.
The county Director of fisheries Mathew Ngila said Ksh.18.17m had already been allocated to the processing plant with Ksh. 8m having been allocated in the last financial year while another Ksh.10m being set aside this year.
A contractor has already been identified and moved to the site and we expect the processing plant to be ready in next three to four months, he said.
The fisheries officer added that once complete all fishmongers currently operating at the Naivasha main bus terminus will be transferred to the plant which he said will have a cold room to store surplus fish.
The Director further said that the county government would continue working with the fishermen in patrolling the lake to avoid cases of illegal fishing and protect the water body from other aggressors such as encroachers and contamination
The chairman Lake Naivasha boat owners association David Kilo welcomed the gesture and said the fishermen and traders will no longer be exploited by middlemen who took advantage of lack of storage to buy fish cheaply.
Kilo noted that due to lack of storage facilities, some traders were taking advantage of the situation to buy fish at throwaway prices.
Source: Kenya News Agency