Fishing Suspended on Lake Nyakiyanja Over Suspected Poisoning Top story

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Francis Bagumire, a fisherman faults government for failure to institute measures on safe pesticide and chemical usage. He says that the incident is a big challenge to the fishermen since they rely on fishing for their livelihood.

Ntungamo district authorities have suspended fishing activities on Lake Nyakiyanja following the death of thousands of fish due to suspected poisoning. 



Residents started sighting thousands of dead fish on the lake about a week ago.


Dead fish can be seen floating on the Lake Nyakiyanja mainly in swampy areas that are favorable for fish breeding. 



Amos Besigye, the Ntungamo District Fisheries Officer, says their decision to suspend fishing was informed by findings from their initial investigations, which showed that residents used non selective chemicals that killed thousands of fish.


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Besigye cautions residents to desist from what he refers as irresponsible use of chemicals and pesticides to catch fish, saying it is dangerous to aquatic life.    




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Ntungamo District Agriculture Officer, Esther Atwiine says they are working closely with the environment department to ensure that the incident isn't repeated. 



Samson Magyezi, a resident of the area, says some residents reportedly used poison to clear some swampy areas, which ended up killing fish.  



Francis Bagumire, a fisherman faults government for failure to institute measures on safe pesticide and chemical usage. He says that the incident is a big challenge to the fishermen since they rely on fishing for their livelihood.    



Ntungamo Resident District Commissioner, George Bakunda, says the district leadership will roll out a sensitization campaign to ensure that residents desist from practices that compromise the safety of the environment and aquatic life.

 

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