Traders listening to the CECM at the current market hall that is to be demolished. photo Courtesy: Governors Press, Busia County
Officials from the County Government of Busia, in the department of fisheries met with fish traders on 15th July to chat a way forward for the construction of a modern cross border fish market. The fish traders agreed to relocate temporarily for a period of six months to allow for the construction of the fish market.
This was a continuity after the signing of contract that happened on 12th July betwen the county government of Busia and the contractor who is to construct the modern fish market which will a one floor storey building.
The CECM for fisheries Dr. Moses Osia clarified that the project will cost approximately 60 million kenya shillings. H.E the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong is expected to officially commission the project in a few days time.
“The construction of the modern fish Market will reduce congestion and favor fish business and give many people a chance to sell their fish”, said Dr. Osia
He also assured that the county commissioner has been concerned about fish trade in the county and has agreed to provide security to traders.
The annual turnover from this market is 1.5 billion shillings, but its expected to rise after the construction of the new modern cross boarder fish market.
In attendance were the Chief officer Eng Richard Achiambo and the director for fisheries Timothy Odende.
The market committee chair person, Francis Aketch, talking on behalf of the traders, thanked the county government of Busia for bringing the initiative to activation.