Fishermen appeals for government support to improve landing sites

02Mar 2021
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Fishermen appeals for government support to improve landing sites

FISHERMEN in Lake Tanganyika have appealed to the government to improve services at the fishing landing sites to provide hygienic environment for fishing communities.

Among other things, they want the government to build cold storage rooms for them to be able to do value addition of the fish caught before selling them in the local market or export them to the global market.

Speaking at different times at Kibirizi, Muyogoza and Katonga landing sites along Lake Tanganyika, fishermen had similar plea for the government to improve facilities at the areas.

They argued that most fishermen at the lake are still grappling with the landing site problems such as sardine and fish sorting and cleaning facility, fish processing facility, sardine drying facilities, as well as fish drying and smoking areas.

 Kigoma regional fishermen chairperson, Francis John noted that there is need to have modern fishing and processing facilities at all the landing sites along the lake.

John argued that fishermen are still using old fishing equipment, traditional preservation ways as well as processing that do not add any value to the fishing products.

“There is not even a single cold-room at any of the 28 landing sites along the lake, making it difficult for fishermen and traders to preserve fish before selling,” he said.

The chairperson also said there is not enough drying areas for both sardine and fish, forcing fishermen to use sub-standard ways of doing the task.

He said for instance Kibirizi landing site receives between 150 and 200 fishermen during low season and between 400 and 500 during high seasons but lack of enough working space is a more on

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