Home / Business & Development News / Busia fishermen on Lake Victoria have decried low fish prices in Kenya, thus forcing them to seek market in neighboring Uganda. Mulukoba Beach Management Unit vice chairman Alfed Agufwa said Ugandan market attracts Sh70 more per kilogram than in Kenya considering transportation costs. ” We incur a lot in transporting fish to Nairobi and earning Sh70 less than if we could sell the same fish in Uganda at no cost incurred,” he said. Speaking while receiving a delegation from Busia County Government led by Director of Administration Robert Muganda on Tuesday, Agufwa had also good news to fishermen on the stock of fish on Lake Victoria. He said fish especially the Tilapia species has increased from 300 kilograms to one ton daily at Mulukoba beach in the past few days due to rising water levels. ” Fishermen are happy with the latest developments. Our only undoing is the market in Kenya which is scarce and with the available ones offering “peanuts” for our fish,” he said. Regarding tribulations Kenyan fishermen were being subjected to on Ugandan waters, Agufwa blamed Kenyans security for sleeping on the job and allowing their Ugandan counterparts to capitalize on the loopholes to harass Kenyan fishermen. ” Kenyan security are supposed to monitor Kenyan boundaries on the Lake but it is not the case. Instead Uganda Revenue Authority, Marine and Fisheries departments in Uganda to patrol the waters . We are victims of harassment from such patrols and our fish and wares confiscated. Kenyan security should also take the initiatives to patrol the Lake to earn respect from their Ugandan colleagues,” he said. Agufwa narrated other challenges facing Kenyan fishermen. ” We have no enough water on the Kenyan side of the Lake. When we are found on the ” Ugandan waters ” we are given conditions to have the fish processed in Uganda or we forfeit our fish stock.” Photo: Mulukoba Beach Management Unit vice chairman Alfed Agufwa at their Mulukoba Beach offices on Tuesday.
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Busia fishermen on Lake Victoria have decried low fish prices in Kenya, thus forcing them to seek market in neighboring Uganda. Mulukoba Beach Management Unit vice chairman Alfed Agufwa said Ugandan market attracts Sh70 more per kilogram than in Kenya considering transportation costs. ” We incur a lot in transporting fish to Nairobi and earning Sh70 less than if we could sell the same fish in Uganda at no cost incurred,” he said. Speaking while receiving a delegation from Busia County Government led by Director of Administration Robert Muganda on Tuesday, Agufwa had also good news to fishermen on the stock of fish on Lake Victoria. He said fish especially the Tilapia species has increased from 300 kilograms to one ton daily at Mulukoba beach in the past few days due to rising water levels. ” Fishermen are happy with the latest developments. Our only undoing is the market in Kenya which is scarce and with the available ones offering “peanuts” for our fish,” he said. Regarding tribulations Kenyan fishermen were being subjected to on Ugandan waters, Agufwa blamed Kenyans security for sleeping on the job and allowing their Ugandan counterparts to capitalize on the loopholes to harass Kenyan fishermen. ” Kenyan security are supposed to monitor Kenyan boundaries on the Lake but it is not the case. Instead Uganda Revenue Authority, Marine and Fisheries departments in Uganda to patrol the waters . We are victims of harassment from such patrols and our fish and wares confiscated. Kenyan security should also take the initiatives to patrol the Lake to earn respect from their Ugandan colleagues,” he said. Agufwa narrated other challenges facing Kenyan fishermen. ” We have no enough water on the Kenyan side of the Lake. When we are found on the ” Ugandan waters ” we are given conditions to have the fish processed in Uganda or we forfeit our fish stock.” Photo: Mulukoba Beach Management Unit vice chairman Alfed Agufwa at their Mulukoba Beach offices on Tuesday.

Busia fishermen  on Lake Victoria have decried low  fish prices  in Kenya, thus forcing them to seek market in neighboring Uganda.
Mulukoba  Beach Management Unit  vice chairman   Alfed  Agufwa  said   Ugandan market attracts Sh70 more  per kilogram than in Kenya  considering  transportation costs.
” We incur a lot in transporting fish to Nairobi  and earning Sh70 less than if  we could sell the same  fish in Uganda at no cost incurred,” he said.
Speaking  while receiving a delegation from  Busia County Government led by Director of Administration Robert Muganda on  Tuesday, Agufwa  had also good news to fishermen on the stock of fish on Lake Victoria.
He said  fish especially the Tilapia species has increased  from  300 kilograms  to one  ton  daily at Mulukoba beach  in  the past few days due to rising water levels.
” Fishermen are happy with the latest developments. Our only undoing is  the market in Kenya  which is scarce and  with the available ones offering “peanuts” for our fish,” he said.
Regarding  tribulations Kenyan fishermen  were being subjected to on Ugandan waters, Agufwa  blamed Kenyans security  for sleeping on the job and allowing their Ugandan  counterparts to capitalize on the loopholes to harass Kenyan fishermen.
” Kenyan security are supposed to  monitor  Kenyan boundaries  on the Lake but it is not the case. Instead Uganda Revenue Authority, Marine and Fisheries departments in Uganda  to patrol the waters .
We are  victims of harassment from such patrols  and our fish and wares confiscated.  Kenyan security should also take the initiatives to patrol the Lake to  earn respect   from their  Ugandan colleagues,” he said.
Agufwa  narrated other challenges facing  Kenyan fishermen.  ” We have no  enough water  on the Kenyan side of the Lake. When  we are found on the ” Ugandan waters ” we are given conditions to have the fish processed in  Uganda  or we forfeit  our fish stock.”
Photo:  Mulukoba  Beach Management Unit  vice chairman   Alfed  Agufwa  at their Mulukoba  Beach offices on Tuesday.

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