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Water Hyacinth Harvester Procured from Italy Sitting Idle Amid Problems and Missing Parts
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the procurement of a Sh76 million water hyacinth harvester.

The machine, procured by Lake Victoria Environment Management Project and funded by the national government and the World Bank, stalled immediately it was bought.

It was bought from Italy in 2016 after it was established that the weed can be mechanically removed from the lake. Technicians cite missing components and mechanical problems for its state of affairs.

The equipment has been idle for three years at the Kisumu inland port as the invasive weed it was meant to harvest continues to choke the largest fresh water lake in Africa.Some Sh2.3 million is needed to buy missing hooks.

 
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Water Hyacinth as Cattle Feed - Water hyacinth has spread to all tropical and subtropical countries and is regarded as one of the world’s most invasive aquatic plants. Research has mainly focused on extinction of the plant since it multiplies rapidly and forms dense mats which interfere with waterways, decimates aquatic wildlife and have signification ecological and socio-economic effects.


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