Kenya lifts China fish ban to boost supply

A fish monger transports Chinese fish in Kisumu County on October 17, 2018. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NMG

What you need to know:

  • The ban was lifted in January, barely three months after the restrictions took effect in November.
  • Kenya imports approximately 1.8 million kilogramme of fish every month. It produces about 135,000 tonnes annual against an annual demand of 500,000 tonnes.
  • Fish imports from China hit Sh1.7 billion last year as Kenya’s appetite for Chinese fish continued to grow with the country seeking to bridge a deficit.

The Department of Fisheries has lifted a ban on fish imports following a biting shortage after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive against Chinese catch that had flooded the market.

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