Tuesday, May 29, 2018

29/05/2018: East African aquaculture requires greater investment of resources

According to an article recently published on Business Week, the East African Community, Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko has urged member states to allocate more resources towards the development of aquaculture in the region as the only solution to counteract the declining local fish stocks.

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Mr Mfumukeko noted that despite efforts by riparian countries around lake Victoria to sustainably manage fish resources especially, capture fisheries remained a big challenge with stocks of Nile Perch and Tilapia declining drastically.

“Aquaculture in East Africa has not developed its potential and the region accounts for only seven to eight percent of regional fish consumption. Overall demand for fish in the region is projected to rise substantially in the near future due to high population growth, increasing incomes and urbanisation. Developing aquaculture to meet the increasing demand for fish in East Africa is therefore crucial,” said Mr Mfumukeko.

The Ambassador made the remarks at consultative meeting with the head of European Union at the EAC Headquarters where they were launching a five year fish farming project titled European Union –East African Community True fish programme which targets EAC.

To read the full original article visit the Business Week website, HERE.

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