Kenya: boost for fish traders after completion of 68 million shillings transshipment center

Busia — The Busia County Government, through the Departments of Infrastructure and Energy, the Governor’s Office and Agriculture and Fisheries, today inspected ongoing construction work at the cross-border fish transshipment market in Burumba district, Matayos sub-county.

The project, which is a collaboration between the county government and the World Bank through the Kenya Decentralization Support Program (KDSP), is set to become a flagship market for fish traders in Busia County and the wider East African region.

The Public Works team led by Acting Director John Kevin Otwani has pegged the project at 98% status, with the remaining finishes expected to take a week before being handed over to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Some of the features that are said to be on the market include a cold room, a catering point, a storage point, a fresh fish handling section and offices, among others.

“The market generates 1.2 billion shillings in trade, but with the completion of the new facility, that will increase to 2 billion shillings,” he said.

The Governor’s Office was represented at the meeting by Mr. Shadrack Maloba, who is the Director of Service Delivery.

In his remarks, Maloba commended the contractor for accelerating the completion of the project which was among the priority projects under Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s administration.

The fish traders who were represented by their chairman, Mr. Tabu Aketch, thanked the governor for taking the initiative to construct the facility which will go a long way in boosting the fish trade in the region.

Aketch, with more than 700 traders who will manage the day-to-day operation of the structure, suggested that the facility be named the Ojaamong Fish Transshipment and Auction Center in memory of the Governor.

The facility will include restaurants, a fish cleaning area and toilet blocks which will be managed by the traders through their management.

The contractor promised to complete the remaining works within a week before handing them over to the county government.

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