How importation of fish from China is affecting the traders in Majengo, Mombasa
Rising importation of fish from China is negatively affecting the livelihoods of traders in Majengo, Mombasa.
Wholesalers are crying foul, saying importers are selling tilapia from the Asian country directly to retailers at throwaway prices, depriving them of customers.
“Customers who used to buy from us are gone. Majengo was the only central place for fish retailers, but since these cartels invaded the market with cheap prices, we no longer get customers,” said Mr Nobert Otieno, a wholesaler.
He said some colleagues had closed shop and sought alternative work. Those with many workers had send a number of them home. “Work is not profitable. Recently, I could open my shop at 4am but today 7am is too early because we have very few customers,” he added.
Traders said they used to supply fish to Likoni, Mshomoroni, Magongo, Miritini, Tudor and Kongowea. But importers have swamped these areas, they say.
Mr Erick Odhiambo, who buys fish from Lake Victoria, said: “Tilapia and Nile Perch from the lake have few buyers in Mombasa because they are expensive. We are even selling fish on credit to reduce the stock,” said Mr Odhiambo.
Tilapia from China trades at Sh150 to Sh300 a kg , while the Kenyan variety goes for Sh400. Nile Perch (Mbuta) fetches Sh320 a kg.
Una from China dominates three quarters of the market.
Credit: Daily Nation
Hits: 183https://farmerstrend.co.ke/how-importation-of-fish-from-china-is-affecting-the-traders-in-majengo-mombasa-kenya/https://i1.wp.com/farmerstrend.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/fish-farming-in-kenya.jpg?fit=600%2C300&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/farmerstrend.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/fish-farming-in-kenya.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Newscatfish market in kenya,commercial fish farming in kenya,Fish farming in kenya,fish farming in kenya pdf,fish farming training in kenya,fish pond farming in kenya,Fishing and Fish Farming in Kenya,price of catfish in kenya,small scale fish farming in kenya,successful fish farmers in kenya,This is how to start farming fish on a small-scaleRising importation of fish from China is negatively affecting the livelihoods of traders in Majengo, Mombasa. Wholesalers are crying foul, saying importers are selling tilapia from the Asian country directly to retailers at throwaway prices, depriving them of customers. “Customers who used to buy from us are gone. Majengo was the...#FarmersTrendJohn Bujufarmerstrend@gmail.comAdministratorI am a web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2013 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information regarding farming with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating Kenyan farmers, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. The particular interests that brought me in the world of blogging are gardening, farming and livestock.Farmers#Trend