The Agricultural Society of Kenya, for the first time held a boat and fishing duels at the Paga Beach yesterday, which brought together participants from all beach communities.
The fishing contest was flagged off at 6.00 am in the morning by the representative of the Lake Victoria Commission, Mr Amos Ndolo. By noon the fishermen returned from fishing, with the leading fisherman having 3 Nile perch, followed closely by other two fishermen who had 2 Nile perch each.
Fishing competitors were awarded with the first fisherman receiving sh.5, 000. The 2nd fisherman was awarded sh.3, 000 and the third one sh.2, 000.
In boat racing contest, a total of 5 boats each comprising of 8 participants from Kisumu west, Nyando, Seme, Nyakach and Kisumu central with an additional boat which had 7 women from Paga who showcased their sailing skills as well.
Boat racing competitors who emerged first position were from Seme and the captain was awarded sh.30, 000 followed by Kisumu West who received sh.20, 000 and Kisumu Central who were prized sh.10, 000. The women from Paga beach who had showcased their sailing prowess received sh.5000 for appreciation
Kisumu ASK Chairman, Mr. Caleb Oguya thanked everyone who attended and participated in the event. He also used the platform to extend an invitation to the people to Kisumu ASK show which will officially open on the 26th of July, 2019.
He reiterated that a total of 27 new technological innovations would be show cased during the event, which he termed a positive step to the right direction for this year’s show.
Neighboring countries expected to take part in the exhibitions include: DRC Congo, Tanzania and Uganda.
The ASK Deputy National Chairman, Mr. Charles Owelle, sensitized the people on up scaling fishing as a business in the region, assuring every one of unwavering support from the ASK national office.
Mr. Amos Ndoto, a representative from the Lake Victoria Basin Commission also pledged their support in activities around the Lake Victoria especially the Transport Act which encourages the use of life jackets by fishermen.
The Regional Commissioner, Mr. James Kianda who was the Chief Guest, in his remarks was pleased on how boat racing and fishing competition gaining momentum in the region. He urged the Beach Management Unit (BMU) to link up with coast guards in order to boost fishing activities. He further stated that the marine are the people who guard the water region and assured the BMU that they will be based in Kisumu to ensure fishermen are safe while fishing in the lake. He also promised a fully-fledged police station at the show ground to enhance security.
He stated that of the big four agenda, health and security were the key for the fishing industry. “It is time we brought back government to government itself.” Said the Regional commissioner. He called on the people to organize mini exhibitions to show case the fishing activities within the sub counties as a build up to the ASK show. and promised a fully-fledged police station at the show ground to enhance security.
He reiterated that of the big four agenda, health and security were the key agenda for the fishing industry. “It is time we brought back government to government itself.” Said the Regional commissioner. He called on the people to organize mini exhibitions to show case the fishing activities within the sub counties as a build up to the ASK show.
As a parting shot, he urged everyone to regulate the waste that goes into the lake by putting concerted effort in the management of waste that is polluting water. “We need a clean environment, we need a clean lake, and we need a clean city.” Emphasized the regional commissioner.
By: Lurie Zwere