By MN Reporter
Nyatike MP Tom Odege and Kachieng’ MCA candidate Steve Ogony launched a Sh140million fish processing plant in Sori town to benefit Migori county fishermen.
The plant will enable the fishing community to do value addition to their fish as well as providing cool storage facilities to minimize wastage occasioned by poor handling of fish.
“The facility will cushion fishermen from perennial exploitation in the hands of middlemen and will enable them dictate the price of the commodity , maximize profits out of their marine activities to stabilize the dwindling economy of beach fronts,” Odege said.
The legislator at the same time asked the government to find an amicable solution to the lasting disputes between the Kenya and Uganda Fisher men which has led to the suffering of Kenyan fishermen .
Odege added that , if the issue is not solved anytime soon, then it will be difficult for both countries to enjoy the resources of lake Victoria.
His sentiments were echoed by Steve Ogony who aid the factory will create job opportunies and revive the fishing industry in Migori county which has been on the verge of collapsing.
On their side the fishing community requested that besides the processing plant, they should be provided with fish drying equipment’s for sardines ( omena).