Kenya will enhance efforts to exploit it’s vast exclusive economic zone in the Indian Ocean to ensure it benefits it’s citizens, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Hon Peter Munya has said.
CS Munya said the economic zone which is equivalent to 41 per cent of Kenya’s land mass is resource rich and ready to be sustainably exploited to improve especially the economies of Coastal communities.
On the fourth leg of his working tour in Coastal counties, Hon Munya praised the seaweed harvesting and production project in Kwale as an example of what could be attained with diversity in exploiting the resources in the country’s exclusive economic zone.
The CS called for more efforts to initiate such projects to improve earnings.
He asked engineers working on fisheries projects in Kwale County to redouble their effort, speed up the work to ensure it is completed on time to benefit the community. In response, the engineer responsible pledged to finish the work by the end of November.
Hon Munya asked county and national government planners and engineers to emulate their counterparts in Kilifi who have built fish landing bays, processing and cooling facilities close to one another for all functions to be completed within close proximity and sent to the market.
Hon Munya has toured the Galana Kulalu National Irrigation project and model farm plus fisheries and other projects in Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties during the visit.