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Kenya Fisheries Minister: No Ban on Chinese Fish Imports

A frozen Tilapia fish imported from China being thawed out at a local market in Kenya. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

For the second time in three years, Kenya has walked back a threat to ban fish imported from China. Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya (photo) said late last week that Nairobi would not move forward with a proposed bill in the National Assembly that sought to restrict Chinese fish imports. 

“The challenge we have in the country is insufficient local fish to satisfy the market and hence you cannot ban imports that fill that gap that we are facing. You only ban when you raise the capacity to produce locally,” Munya explained to reporters.

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