Uganda, April 25 – China has taken advantage of its prowess in production to conquer the regional market of East Africa. The fishing industry has not worked out well in East Africa with poor fishing methods leading to low performance in the industry.
Uganda has been the main source of fish supply, owing to the fishing taking place in Lake Victoria. However, it seems China has won the fin of the region to be the main exporter of fish, edging out the preference of East African countries to Uganda. China’s intervention could bring a friction between the Asian country and the East African country, while weakening the trade partnerships among the East African countries also a possibility.
However, it still remains a challenge for Uganda whether it is capable to outsmart the super power country and regain its pride. China, by all means, has been able to be a consistent supply of fish to Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, making Uganda lose the grip in the contested affair.
Kenya’s deficit of 800,000 tonnes domestically has been filled by China, with a large water body bordering it. The country too has better fishing methods that enable the fishermen to have a better experience in the fishing industry. China has better technology, processing industries that make their operations effective and efficient producing quality fish products for the intended market.
India who has been a prime supplier of fish to Kenya has seen its dependency lowered to China, losing market on the Kenyan market. Tilapia has been on demand in the East Africa market and the ease to export it from China has given the country business and earned foreign revenue.
Rwanda and DR Congo could be the next victims falling for the hook of China exports, leaving Uganda dry of customers and lacking business.