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Kenya in talks with Japan to boost fishing

03 January 2013, 14:56 Oduor Omondi

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) deputy director Enock Wakwabi has revealed that the institute is in talks with Nagasaki University of Japan over partnership to boost the fishing sector in Lake Victoria.

Wakwabi said that if the ongoing negotiations are successful, their first agenda will be to address the water hyacinth menace that has covered a huge chunk of the lake.

Speaking in Kisumu, Wakwabi said the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute is hoping to initiate joint research projects with the Japanese who have the expertise and facilities to get rid of the hyacinth in a bid to improve fish production.

If all goes well, the programme is likely to kick off by early February this year, Wakwabi divulged.

Recently, KMFRI board chairman Prof Peninah Aloo-Obudho told a joint symposium on academic cooperation between the university’s officials and the institution that Kenya prides itself in having enormous potential in aquatic resources.

Prof Obudho however confessed that there is inadequate capacity in terms of manpower and technology to harness these resources.

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