Kenya’s imports fish and toothpick from China


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By Paul Wafula | Wednesday, Jul 6th 2016 at 19:40
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A fishmonger carries a carton containing Chinese frozen Tilapia from East African Sea Food Ltd in Kisumu on June 29, 2016. The company imports fish from China. [Photo:Denish Ochieng/Standard]




China’s grip on the Kenyan economy tightened in the first quarter of this year after the value of imports from the Asian nation rose 45 per cent to hit Sh92.8 billion.

Latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that Kenya has on average been importing goods worth Sh23 billion every month from China between January and April this year. This saw the China overtake India as the biggest source market for Kenyan imports.


The data published Wednesday shows that India was the biggest source market for Kenya’s imports in the first quarter of 2015, after Kenya imported goods worth Sh84.5 billion in the period under review.

If this trend is sustained, Kenya could import over Sh270 billion this year from China. Already, Chinese firms are pushing out Kenyan and Indian firms from lucrative construction industry, doing major infrastructure projects including roads and the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

This comes at a time when it emerged that some fishmongers are importing fish from China to deal with growing demand amidst declining supply from lake Victoria. The revelation that East African Sea Food Limited (EASF) has been importing Tilapia from China for the past three months to address a deficit in Kisumu has been met by outrage from legislators from the fishing regions of the country.

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On Tuesday, Members of Parliament from Nyanza and Coast threatened to call for a boycott of fish from China, citing health and economic concerns. The MPs said the importation has severely affected fish-producing regions economically, as hundreds of local fishmongers have been pushed out of business.

The KNBS data does not give a breakdown of what exactly Kenya is importing from China. But fish is just the latest addition to a growing list of commodities from electronics, textiles to home care products that are arriving in the country by air and sea day and night.

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Kenya has also been importing other things it can easily produce such as toothpick from China in what has seen it export jobs while killing local industry. China has also warmed itself into the hearts of many government officials in the country in what has seen it emerge as Kenya’s largest bilateral lender.

Data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows Kenya owes China $3.1 billion (Sh313 billion), or 19.1 per cent of the total external debt by the end of the third quarter of the 2015/16.

“The main contributors of build-up in external debt are China, the European Economic Commission (EEC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB),” the CBK says in its latest quarterly economic review. The KNBS data shows that in overall, the volume of trade expanded from Sh168.5 billion in March 2016 to Sh177.5 billion in April 2016.

The total value of exports fell to Sh52.56 billion while the value of imports increased from Sh114.4 billion in March 2016 to Sh124.9 billion in April 2016. A drop in exports when imports are increasing is set to worsen the country’s balance of payment and put the Kenyan shilling under pressure.
 
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Hawa jamaa wanasikitisha kweli,yani hata samaki wanaagiza nje alafu wanatukomalia tupige saini EPA,hao wafanyabiashara wote wa samaki sijui wataishi vipi wakati samaki kutoka ulaya watakapokuwa wanamiminika kenya bila kodi yoyote.
Tatizo tunatumia teknologia duni ya uvuvi. Amini usiamini Zanzibar pia wanaagiza Samaki nnje. Bei ya samaki hawa ni nafuu sana hivo kuwezesha familia nyingi Zanzibar kufaidi samaki.
 
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Tatizo tunatumia teknologia duni ya uvuvi. Amini usiamini Zanzibar pia wanaagiza Samaki nnje. Bei ya samaki hawa ni nafuu sana hivo kuwezesha familia nyingi Zanzibar kufaidi samaki.
sasa kama ndivyo ilivyo itakuwaje iwapo tutawaruhusu wazungu waingize hao samaki bila ya Tax? si ndio watauzwa bei sawa na bure kabisa?
 
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sasa kama ndivyo ilivyo itakuwaje iwapo tutawaruhusu wazungu waingize hao samaki bila ya Tax? si ndio watauzwa bei sawa na bure kabisa?
Shida ipo wapi mnunuzi kupata unafuu wa bei?
 
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Hawa jamaa wanasikitisha kweli,yani hata samaki wanaagiza nje alafu wanatukomalia tupige saini EPA,hao wafanyabiashara wote wa samaki sijui wataishi vipi wakati samaki kutoka ulaya watakapokuwa wanamiminika kenya bila kodi yoyote.
Lack of information is bad. Inability to seek information is worse. Just because Tanzanian journalists are too lazy to place information like this online doesn't make them any better. At least Kenya imports fish because there's very little natural fish sources available in Kenya. Did you know Tanzania has 50% of Africa's total fresh water volume? Lake Tanganyika which is half in Tanzania alone contains 60% of Africa's freshwater and a majority of Africa's freshwater fish. 50% of Lake Victoria is in Tanzania, you have many big rivers and a very long coastline and you still import fish na bado unaweza kuja kuchekelea wakenya hapa. Kweli kukosa maarifa ni utumwa. MK254 Iconoclastes Kafrican Ian Cruz Geza Ulole
 
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Shida ipo wapi mnunuzi kupata unafuu wa bei?
Inaua ajira na fursa ndani ya nchi.

Nimepata hiki habari nami sio juzi tu, naweza sema hivi: muda sio muda ita koma. Kinachotamausha ni mleta mada hana habari ya kuwa wachina ni wafisadi pia, wana kila mbinu ya kuhakikisha soko za bidhaa zao, samaki ikiwemo. Pia bw Xplorer ujue huko uchina wanafuga samaki wa tilapia kwenye fish farms maradufu. Wame fanya export mpaka ulaya wakitumia transshipment na ujanja mengine ili kuingiza cheap exports zao. Wanafanya hili kwa kubandika kontena na nembo kuonyesha linabeba spare parts, kumbe samaki ndani. Wameweza kuingiza asali ndani ya USA kwa hii njia, kwa mfano. Tulia itakoma hii ujinga.

Tukiwa tunangoja hili itendeke mnafanya nini na 49% ya ziwa Victoria mliyopewa na wazungu, huku ukizingatia viwanda vya samaki upande wa Kenya zinawatoa kwa output nyie na Uganda???
 
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China fish farms feed their fish with steroids and other growth hormoes their chief diet comes from chicken,animals and human waste
This is according to columnist of the Huffington Post calling for the ban of food products from China to the US
 
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Na tunasikia watu wa huko pande za Western Region, Kenya ( sehemu za Siaya n.k) wanapata PhDs nyingi kuliko sehemu nyingine ya Kenya kwa vile walikula samaki wa asili kwa wingi wakiwa watoto.

Sasa hii itakuwa pigo kwa taifa la Kenya kukosa wasomi wakutosha maana hawa samaki wa ''ki-China'' ambao wanafugwa ktk mabwawa machafu watapunguza namba ya wahitimu wa PhDs, Doctors of Medicine,Walimu, nurses e.tc. bila kusahau Professors wa Vyuo Vikuu wote kutoka Western Region.
 
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Lack of information is bad. Inability to seek information is worse. Just because Tanzanian journalists are too lazy to place information like this online doesn't make them any better. At least Kenya imports fish because there's very little natural fish sources available in Kenya. Did you know Tanzania has 50% of Africa's total fresh water volume? Lake Tanganyika which is half in Tanzania alone contains 60% of Africa's freshwater and a majority of Africa's freshwater fish. 50% of Lake Victoria is in Tanzania, you have many big rivers and a very long coastline and you still import fish na bado unaweza kuja kuchekelea wakenya hapa. Kweli kukosa maarifa ni utumwa. MK254 Iconoclastes Kafrican Ian Cruz Geza Ulole
Tanzania is the largest exporter of lake Victoria fillets according to the EU statics! And largest exporter of maize, fruits, tomato, onions and rice to Kenya while largest exporter of pulses to india!
 
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Tanzania is the largest exporter of lake Victoria fillets according to the EU statics! And largest exporter of maize, fruits, tomato, onions and rice to Kenya while largest exporter of pulses to india!
Please, when you quote my post comment with something related to the post.
 
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Tatizo tunatumia teknologia duni ya uvuvi. Amini usiamini Zanzibar pia wanaagiza Samaki nnje. Bei ya samaki hawa ni nafuu sana hivo kuwezesha familia nyingi Zanzibar kufaidi samaki.
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