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Fishermen want omena ban lifted

01 April 2014, 10:59 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Fishermen in Kisumu County have appealed to the county government to lift the ban on omena fishing saying they cannot bear the difficult economic times occasioned by the ban.

The fishermen termed the ban as unfair given the prevailing high inflation rate.

The chairman Lake Victoria Fishermen Association, Kevin Ouma said majority of the fishermen around the Lake dealt with omena and asked the county government to postpone the closure date for omena fishing as members are currently having a rough time making ends meet.

“How will we make a living once the ban is on and the cost of living is high?” he posed.

Ouma however said that if the ban is not lifted, the county government should come up with an alternative to fishing activities that they could practice.

The ban on omena fishing is an annual practice initiated by the Ministry of Fisheries to protect the tiny fish from extinction due to overfishing. It was set to be operational from April.

Kisumu County director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Joash Owiro urged the fishermen to accept the ban since it has long term benefits and urged them to diversify into other farming or fishing activities to sustain themselves.

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