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Busia fisherman petitions County Assembly to protect fishing industry

Photo: County Assembly of Busia   Agriculture committee  chairman Joab Oteba

A fisherman from Port  Victoria in  Bunyala  Sub has petitioned  the County Assembly of Busia  for the protection  of fishing industry in Busia County.

John Kulohoma  in a letter  to the committee  on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources    wants the  county assembly to intervene  and tackle the issue of poor fishing activities in the county.

” This will  enable  us achieve  more revenue and boost  the economic  standards  of the people,” Kulohoma said in his humble prayers  to have the assembly come to their rescue.

The   Agriculture committee  chairman Joab Oteba  tabled the report  on the petition before the assembly on Wednesday  seeking  the members input in adopting the committee’s recommendations and the County Government to initiate stringent measures including night surveillance and introduction of cage fishing.

Addressing the press after tabling the report, Oteba  said  the main challenge facing  fishermen in Busia County  is  indiscriminate  fishing using crude methods of fishing   and poverty.

” We  have made recommendations  to the County Government  to find alternative means of livelihood  to the fishermen including  cultivating crops and  raring animals.

We are happy the Executive is drafting  a bill  on Fishing  Laws which we shall expedite  when it is brought to the assembly. The law will protect  the  Lake against overfishing and  encourage cage  fishing,” he said.

Oteba said the committee’s visit to the Lake discovered  the existence of illegal fishing including use of poison  to drug fish to use of illegal nets.

He said the fisheries officers were not helping  the cause of protecting  the illegal fishing  with some compromised  by fishermen  undertaking the illegal trade.

Nominated MCA  Cynthia Mutere  urged the members to fast track  the passage of the bill once  it lands  in the  assembly.

Elugulu Ward MCA Patrobas Odhiambo who chaired the session  gave the clerk  to the assembly Allan Mabuka  15 days  to notify the petitioner  on the latest development.

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