Cage Fish Farming Still Creeping in Kabarole District

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David Akugizibwe, the chairperson of Kabarole Fish Farmers Association says that some farmers who bought fish cages at 1.7 million Shillings are stuck with them due to lack of technical advice. He explains that the farmers need to know the wind direction, nutrient content of the fish feeds to put in the cage and depth of water.

Fish farmers in Kabarole district are still struggling to reap from cage fish farming, two years after the practice was introduced to the district as a strategy to improve fish production in crater lakes.

Kabarole district was selected as a favorable location for cage fish farming because of its  54 crater lakes, which are all suitable for fishing. The practice involves confining fish in a suspended enclosed cage in which it is fed artificially.

However, fishermen in Kabarole have failed to adapt to the farming, resulting into poor quality of fish. Farmers who have purchased or made local fish cages have also failed to put them to use.

David Akugizibwe, the chairperson of Kabarole Fish Farmers Association says that some farmers who bought fish cages at 1.7 million Shillings are stuck with them due to lack of technical advice. He explains that the farmers need to know the wind direction, nutrient content of the fish feeds to put in the cage and depth of water.

Akugizibwe says they have often requested the district fisheries department for training on sustainable practices of cage fish farming at the National Fisheries Resources Institute- NaFIRRI, in vain.

Hillary Mugenyi, a fisherman on Lake Ssaka faults the district for failing to popularize cage fish farming and to sensitize communities on the possible benefits it entails.
 
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But Kabarole District Fisheries Officer Brian Baguma says that the department lacks technical people to train farmers how to use the cages.

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The Government argues that cage fish farming can help Uganda to overcome the problem of the depleting fish stocks in major lakes and be in position to produce enough fish for both local consumption and export.
 
In Jinja, cage fish farming has boosted the stocks in Lake Victoria. According to records from the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute - NaFIRRI, at least 12 tons of mature fish are harvested every year from more than 50 cages in Jinja.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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