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WFP donates Sh15m boats and gear to Turkana fishers

The 10 boats and gear will allow for deep-sea fishing

In Summary

 

• The donation is in the spirit of “Building Efficient Food Systems and Resilient Livelihoods”.

• The fishermen will be able to catch upwards of 4,000 tons, enough to turn their lives around.

Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro addresses fishers from one of the boats on a Lake Turkana fish landing beach.
GOOD NEWS: Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro addresses fishers from one of the boats on a Lake Turkana fish landing beach.
Image: Hesborn Etyang
Officials test Boats donated by WFP at Lake Turkana
Officials test Boats donated by WFP at Lake Turkana
Image: Hesborn Etyang

Turkana fishers have received fishing boats and gear worth Sh15 million from the World Foof Programme.

The 10 boats and gear will allow for deep-sea fishing.

The beneficiaries are those who land their fish at Kalokol, Kalimapus, Nachukui, Kataboi and Todonyang.

The donation, in the spirit of “Building Efficient Food Systems and Resilient Livelihoods” to the fishers, was made amid complaints from Kalokol residents that some fisheries officials were being bribed to allow fingerlings fishing for sale to DRC dealers.

They said DRC fish dealers were buying undersize fish after bribing the officers.

WFP  head of food systems and resilient livelihoods Shaun Hughes said earlier in the week: "Together with the Turkana County government we have donated the kitty to the Lake Turkana fishing community to promote food value chain to the people."

Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro said Lake Turkana has the capacity to produce 8,500 tons of fish. But only 2.5 tons of fish are caught due to lack of fishing gears.

"With the availability of the boats donated by WFP, fishermen will be able to catch over 4,000 tons, enough to turn around the lives of fishermen. Fishermen will also be able to pay school fees for their children with some surplus sold to countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi," he said.

County Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries executive Christopher Aletia warned against catching undersize fish now that they have bigger boats that can enable them to do deep-sea fishing for bigger catches.