13 December 2012

Kenya: KEMFRI Seeks Japan's Help in Hyacinth Fight

The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute is in negotiations with Nagasaki University of Japan over a possible partnership that will see the transformation of the fishing industry in Kenya.

Kemfri deputy director Enock Wakwabi yesterday told the Star top of the agenda will be to address the water hyacinth menace at Lake Victoria if the negotiations go through.

"We are still at the negotiation table. We hope to initiate joint research projects with the Japanese who have the expertise and facilities that Kenya will benefit from," he said on phone.

Last week, Kemfri board chairman Prof Peninah Aloo-Obudho told a joint symposium on academic cooperation between the university's officials and Kemfri in Kisumu that Kenya has enormous potential in aquatic resources within the oceans, lakes, rivers and small water bodies.

"However, there is inadequate capacity in terms of manpower and technology to harness these resources," she said. Kemfri public relations officer Morris Munene said the first project is likely to be undertaken by the end of January if all goes well.

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