Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2015/2016: The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village

2016/1/26
Joint photo with all participants from Budalangi Constituency, Busia County.
Ambassador Terada and Mr. Nicholas Kisambo, Bunyala Industrial Park Self Help Group signing the Grant Contract in the presence of Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Member of Parliament, Budalangi.
Ambassador Terada and Mr. Nicholas shaking hands.
Title Grant Contract Signing Ceremony for a GGP Project in Kenya
Date 26th January, 2016
Location  Embassy of Japan (Mara Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi)
Project title and Amount The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village – USD81,629
Attendance
Total of about 27 participants
Main activity The Grant Contract for a GGP project, “The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village” was signed at the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi on 26th January, 2016.  To sign the contract was H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya and Mr. Nicholas Kisambo, project coordinator of the beneficiary organization, Bunyala Industrial Park Self Help Group.
 
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 project received a grant amounting to USD 81,629 (approx. Kshs 8.0 Million) to establish (1) a processing factory for Omena fish (silver cyprinid), a freshwater fish from Lake Victoria; and (2) rice produced in the area, and (3)  to install machines that would enable the processing and packaging of the Omena fish and rice.  The objective of the project is to empower the community with employment, economic as well as income growth of the people in the community through the distribution of Omena and rice within Busia County in western Kenya.
 
Representatives of the grantee organization were treated to Japanese cuisine, a TERIYAKI CHICKEN meal which was organized by the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Mikio Mori and prepared by TERIYAKI JAPAN, a company of Tori Doll Ltd., currently operating in Kenya. They exchanged the views of current political and economic affairs in the region in order to implement the project smoothly.
 
Mr. Mikio Mori cited the fact that Japan was one of the countries which had a food culture composed of high consumption of sea food.  He said that this was an opportunity to share Japan’s fish utilization skills with the beneficiary organization so that through the project, they could learn various styles of fish cooking and consumption.  Mr. Mori also said the project would hopefully present opportunities that would create fishery products from Lake Victoria as well as agricultural products and improve economic activities in the area.
 
Ambassador Terada congratulated the organization which had been selected from over 400 applicants received the previous year.  While affirming the friendly relationship that exists between Kenya and Japan, the Ambassador mentioned that the year 2016 would be the most significant for the two countries as the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) would be held in Nairobi.  He wished the recipients successful implementation of their project.
The project should be completed by January, 2017.
 

Photos

Hon. Ababu Namwamba explaining to Ambassador Terada about Omena fish from Lake Victoria.
Mr. Raphael Mbaluka, Representative from the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries conveying the vision of the Ministry of Fisheries.
Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Mikio Mori hosting all participants to a Japanese meal, Teriyaki Chicken.
Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Mikio Mori hosting all participants to a Japanese meal, Teriyaki Chicken.
Ambassador Terada and Hon. Ababu Namwamba shaking hands.
Joint photo with Ambassador Terada, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Mr.Mori, Mr. Raphael Mbaluka and members of Bunyala Industrial Park Self Help Group.