Fisheries department issues outboard engines

Lamu fishermen benefited with fishing equipments,

Fishing and fisheries related activities in Lamu county accounts for over 70% of household incomes in Lamu East, Lamu Island and the adjacent fishing villages inhabiting the shorelines in Lamu west Sub County.

In order to boost fishing productivity department of fisheries embark on a program of outboard engine revolving fund which the fishermen were given boat engine on subsidizing price.

The county government pays 20% and the boat owner pays the remaining 80% in a three month grace period and later pays in the fourth month in an installment of 3500 per month.

More than 115 fishermen were given 15 hp boat engines in which 1380 men were benefited indirectly.

The aim was to improve fishing production by fishing for longer hours and reach the fishing ground in time and excess to market with no worry about low and high ties.

Also was to improve on fish qualities of which the fish will get to the market early with fresh fish.

The greatest beneficiaries of this project were major landing site of kizingitini, faza, Lamu, and Matondoni.

others places are Kiunga,Kiwayuu,Mkokoni ,Mtangwanda,Bwajumwali,Myabogi,Tchundwa,Mokowe ,Mkunumbi ,Ndambwe,Kipungani,Ishakani and Shella.

The department future requested Red Cross to sponsor venerable fishing community with engine machine and they distribute 15 engines to Ndununi, Kiangwi, Mkokoni, Ishakani and Ngiini.

Also, the department went ahead and request supplier of outboard boat engine captain andiys to offer services and training to fishermen.

Department facilitates transport and the supplier give free service to some of the key landing sites of Lamu,Faza,Kizingitini and Matondoni.

Apart from the machine given to the fishermen also they give out fishing lines, 3000 diving masks, net, GPS gadgets and cooler box.

Challenges.

Overwhelming demand for the outboard engine machine- given out were 115 over the demand of 624.

Maintenance support to ensure sustainability of the machine.

Small allocation is not sufficient to the department; it needs more allocation because for 115 machines took over a period of four years which means if not improved on allocation it will take around 20 years to fill the gap.

Low payment rate –the amount which was paid back was only 40%.

Future plans.

Strengthen fish cooled chain and value addition by establishing:-

Strategic ice marking plant and cooled storage facilities in Kiunga, Kizingitini, Faza and Mokowe but already Kizingitini and Faza are in place waiting to kick off.

In Mokowe they have put up container raised fishing storage but are yet to operate because of the shortage of water and electricity.

Witu Weigh Bridge To Be In Operation By July

onstruction of the weighbridge at Witu, along Garssen -Lamu highway, is 60 percent complete, principle revenue officer Ahmed Ali Omar has said.

Witu town where the weighbridge is been put up serve as an entry point to the Lamu county and it will be the first one to be built since independence.

This came at a time when the construction of The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia –Transport corridor is underway which sees the number of a truck using Garssen-Lamu road increased.

According to Mr. Ahmed, all the trucks coming to Lamu will have to go through the weighbridge to ensure they comply with the regulation.

Also, the county has put in place two revenue collection barriers with the container in Ndeu and near Mokowe Jett.

Ndeu revenue barrier is collecting fees targeting truck carrying building materials from quarries and truck coming from the port side.

Mokowe revenue barrier is targeting raw materials from fish product especially from Lamu east constituency and building materials from Manda and Maweni in Shella ward.

Also, Mokowe revenue barrier is collecting parking fees from small vehicles at 100 Kenya shillings, a mini trailer at 200 and heavy trailers at 300 fees.

All vehicles which are coming from outside the Lamu County are paying ksh 50 as entry fees and all PSV vehicles paying monthly sticker for 1000.

Challenges

Many motorcycle operators have not registered with Sacco make it hard to truck them. Lamu county assembly is yet to pass the bill on regulation of revenue collection making it difficult to enforce the law.

Basuba ward has no revenue collection station because of the logistic and insecurity.

Lapsset Report

The stakeholder’s forum on engagement for the preparation of a preliminary master plan for Lamu Port City and investment framework took a twist after leaders and the Lamu people claimed that they have been side line by the authority.
The forum which was held at Mwanaarafa hall yesterday brought together Lamu political leaders, Lamu community and the representative from the Lapsset authority.
The project will involve the following components:
  • Construction of a port at Manda Bay
  • Lamu Standard gauge railway line to Juba and Addis Ababa  the South Sudanese and Ethiopian capitals respectively
  • Road network
  • Oil pipelines (South Sudan and Ethiopia)
  • Oil refinery at Bargoni
  • Three air ports and three resort cities (Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana shores)

From left Chief of staff Mohamed Bute,Lamu East MP Hon. Shariff Athman ,CEC Lands Fahima Araft and Mkomani ward representative Yahya Basode following the presentation of Preliminary Master Plan for Lamu port at Mwanaarafa hall

People were concerned with the way things are done without their knowledge. A number of issues were raised include the promise by former president Mwai Kibaki to provide 1000 scholarship for the Lamu youth which they claimed only 400 students have been listed so far.
On fishing,which is a source of lively hood for many people in Lamu disagreed on the closing of Mkanda channel or be forced to wait for one hour for the big vessel to pass. Also, the fisherman asked the Lapsset authority to compensate them in cash in oppose to the plan to buy for them fishing equipment.
On employment, the claimed people from outside the county are recruited for the job. On the other hands, the farmers from Witu asked the authority to compensate them for their land that the road and railway will pass on. On responding to the issue an expert assured the people of Lamu that Mkanda channel will not be closed. Also, he said in the next few months they will set up the office in Lamu so that people can access the
information.
On her side CEC for land in Lamu County, Fahima Arafat assured the congregation that the executive and the Lamu county assembly will work for hand in hand to make sure that the Lamu people get their right. She also proposed to the authority that they should conduct public participation forum inward level in order to reach the common mwananchi in the grass root level.

REPORT ON BURSARY AND SCOLARSHIPS PROGRAMME

Bursary and scholarships were awarded to the needy, poor and orphan deserving students in the county.
Sixty million was divided equally to all ten wards each getting six million.

The bursaries was distributed in two phase. Phase one was allocated for students in form two up to form fours and the second phase was given to form ones, college and university up to degree level.
The department has budgeted hundred million for next financial year 2017/2018.
The F/Y 2016/2017 twelve students received Sudan scholarships to study various fields though the department of education.
The department also support the Awer community through bursaries who are admitted at Mokowe Arid
Zone Boarding school.

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