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Kenya: Fish imports from China drop by half to U.S.$9 mn November 17,2020   |  Source: AllAfrica

The Covid-19 pandemic has handed Kenyan fishermen an unexpected boon after fish imports from China dropped to Sh993.62 million in the last nine months of the year, compared to the Sh2.03 billion in 2019.

Data on fish trade from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) obtained by the Nation shows that China's fish exports to Kenya dropped by almost 50 per cent as a result of the global supply chain disruption occasioned by the pandemic.

In the seven months to September, Kenya imported 8,900 tonnes of fresh chilled fish worth Sh993.62 million from Beijing, a drop from 18, 074 tonnes worth Sh2.02 billion in 2019.

This is the second time Chinese fish imports have dropped in the last eight years, having previously recorded near double digit growth, adding impetus to concerns that the Asian nation is flooding the local market with sea food to the detriment of local fishermen.

In 2018, Kenya bought Sh2.32 billion worth of frozen fish from China.

Ironically, China doesn't buy much of Kenya's fish, spending a paltry Sh182, 602, down from the Sh1 million in 2019, indicating a skewed balance of trade.

Despite the drop, China still accounted for almost 90 per cent of the fish imports into the country. Frozen tilapia and mackerel were the most imported.

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