22 December 2012

Kenya: Former MP Okundi Promises to Build Fish Cooling Plants in Homa Bay

An aspirant for Homa Bay governor has promised to construct fish cooling plants so as to improve infrastructure along beaches in the county.

Former Rangwe MP Philip Okundi said this will enable fishermen preserve their catch and access ready market. "A lot of fish from here has been rotting due to lack of good preservation techniques yet fishing is the main source of income for people living in this area," he said.

He promised to improve conditions of roads that are currently dilapidated and yet connect beaches and major towns to the markets.

He said with the planned replacement of Mbita causeway with a modern bridge, the population of fish in Lake Victoria, especially on the Kenyan side, is expected to increase.

"Our rivers contribute over 88 per cent of water in Lake Victoria. Demolition of the causeway will allow greater water circulation which will increase oxygen levels and draw more fish," he said.

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