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KWS urged to solve human wildlife conflict at L. Victoria

27 November 2013, 13:58 Oduor Omondi

Homa Bay - Homa Bay County leaders have asked the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to come up with a lasting solution to the frequent cases of human wildlife conflict along the shores of Lake Victoria.

Led by Governor Cyprian Awiti, the leaders lamented that three people were recently killed by crocodiles and a hippopotamus in Sindo area along the shores of the Lake and their families have not been compensated.

Speaking at Sindo Beach in Mbita Constituency, Awiti urged fishermen to form cooperative societies to market their catch profitably.

He said his government would set aside funds for acquisition of refrigeration facilities to enable the fishing community realize maximum returns from the industry.

Awiti said his government would channel more resources towards improving the roads in the area to promote the marketing of fish.

County executive secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. David Okeyo, said the high HIV/AIDS prevalence in the County had impacted negatively on the fishing and agricultural sectors.

He asked the locals to embrace positive sexual behavior change to reverse the worrying trend noting that the County’s HIV/Aids prevalence rate stood at 27.2 percent against the national average of six percent.

Okeyo called for measures to curb pollution in Lake Victoria which he noted was a threat to fishing industry.

The leaders lauded the national government for procuring two patrol boats valued at KES 115 million to be used for surveillance in Lakes Victoria and Turkana.

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