Embassy of Japan in Kenya

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Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects: Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village

  • Mr. Mikio Mori, Chargés d'Affaires ad interim of Japan to Kenya breaking the ground for the project’s start.
  • Mr. Mikio Mori unveiling the Plaque of the project with Prof. Japhet Micheni Ntiba, Hon. Ababu Namwamba and other participants.
  • Mr. Mikio Mori being welcomed by the community.
Title Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village
Date 11th March,  2016
Location Marenga Village,  Budalangi,  Bunyala,  Busia County
Project title The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village
Amount US$ 81,629 (approx. Kshs 8.0 Million)
Attendance
    Total of about  600 participants
Main activity A Ground Breaking Ceremony for a GGP project signed on 26th January, 2016, “The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing villagewas held in Budalangi, Busia County.  The ceremony was attended by officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya led by Mr. Mikio Mori, Chargés d'Affaires ad interim of Japan to Kenya and the project beneficiaries including the County officials.

     The ceremony was magnificently  witnessed by among others, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Member of Parliament, Budalangi Constituency in Busia County, and Mr. Raphael Mbaluka, a representative from the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries.

     The GGP grant is going to be used to establish a processing factory that would include installation of machines to enable processing and packaging of the Omena fish and rice.  The objective of the project is to empower the community through agriculture and fishery products within Busia County in western Kenya.
      
     The ceremony included tree planting and dance entertainment by the community members. There were speeches from officials who expressed appreciation to the Government of Japan for the support and promised to ensure that the project progressed successfully to its completion.

     In his speech at the function, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Member of Parliament, Budalangi Constituency thanked the Government and people of Japan for the generous support to his county.   

     Among those who spoke at the function was Prof. Japhet Micheni Ntiba, Principal Secretary, State Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries who explained to the community members the importance of accessing the fishery products in order to improve their general health and also enhance their economic stability through entrepreneurial opportunities.

     During the ceremony, Mr. Mikio Mori, Chargés d'Affaires ad interim of Japan to Kenya cited the occasion of the trip in Japan in March 2015 when His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta had an epoch making meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the area of fisheries for further cooperation. H.E. President Kenyatta stated that Kenya had a desire of learning Japan’s experience in Fisheries industry. Japan has a long history of technology and experience in fisheries and is able to contribute to the development of Kenya’s fishery industry.

     Mr. Mori also said the project would present opportunities that would create fishery products from Lake Victoria and improve economic activities in the area.

     He introduced one of Japan’s ODA projects in the area “the Lake Victoria Comprehensive Ecosystem and Aquatic Environment Research for Development Project” which was funded by the Government of Japan and was ongoing.

     This is a collaborative project which involves Maseno University and Nagasaki University in Kisumu and the governments of Kenya and Japan. Among the components of the project are the  introduction of Japanese-style fish-trap, developing technology of seedling production and improving quality of harvested fish to increasing profitability of fishing as an economic activity.

     Mr. Mori informed the gathering that the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the first TICAD ever held in Africa and out of Japan, would be in Kenya later in the year, on 27th and 28th August.   Not only would this TICAD have historical significance, it would also further strengthen ties between Japan and Africa, said Mr. Mori.
 

Photographs

Mr. Mori planting a tree.

Community members expressing joy through dance.

Mr. Mori and other participants joining the dance.

Prof. Seko and Mr. Inoue, Nagasaki University, introducing the project at the Lake Victoria.

Mr. Sakanashi, Marubeni Corporation giving a speech.

Hon Paul Otuoma, Member of Parliament, Funyula Constituency giving a speech.

Hon. Amos Wako, Senator of Busia County, giving a speech.

Prof. Japhet Micheni Ntiba, Principal Secretary, State Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries expressing his appreciation to the Government and people of Japan for the generous support as well as explaining the value of fishery products.

Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Member of Parliament, Budalangi Constituency expressing his appreciation to the Government and people of Japan for the generous support.

Mr. Mori giving a speech at the function by local language, Luhya.

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Mr. Mikio Mori, Chargés d'Affaires ad interim of Japan to Kenya and Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Member of Parliament, Budalangi Constituency shaking hands.

Mr. Mori enjoying the breeze of Lake Victoria with Hon. Ababu Namwamba and Prof. Japhet Micheni Ntiba.