The value of fish imported from China increased by 11.8 percent to a historic high of Sh1.7 billion last year, raising more disquiet from local traders who complain of being edged of the market by the cheaper supplies.
Laboratory tests commissioned by the Nation two weeks ago revealed that fish imported from China had traces of mercury, lead, arsenic and copper, exposing millions to health risks.
The best justification of the fishing industry’s outcry about the threat posed by Chinese imports is the record amount shipped in last year.
Official data indicate that Kenya imported 50 per cent of garlic from China as traders moved to bridge the huge supply gap.
PIC: The dredger MV Mango Tree, tasked with removing water weeds on Lake Victoria and turning them into fertiliser, lands at the Kisumu Port docks.
With nets piled onto wooden boats, a group of fishermen joke while gazing out across Lake Victoria and the vast green weed clogging up the waterway.
The water hyacinth thrives on chemicals including phosphorus, which is found in high quantities in Lake Victoria due to fertiliser run-off from nearby farms.
“We are looking to protect Tanzania’s marine resources through proper arrangements for commercial fishing, to make it beneficial to those in the business,” Mr Mpina said.
It would, therefore, make long-term economic sense for the government to provide incentives for investors who buy or lease such equipment to ensure that the country better exploits its marine resources.
JOHANNESBURG – Tanzania is taking steps to boost its local fisheries by banning fish imports, especially from China and Vietnam, according to a report on Tuesday.
These, coupled with weak legal and institutional frameworks are major bottlenecks to the development of a favorable fisheries and aquaculture sub-sector in Uganda.