Farmers Receive over 3 million Fish Fingerings from NAADS
It was enthusiasm and excitement as sixty (60) fish farmers in Luuka district received 150,000 species of African cat fish fingerlings from Government through NAADS to boost their farming activities.
The 150,000 fingerings are part of the bigger consignment of 3,925,400 fish fingerings of Mirror Carp, African Cat fish and Tilapia that Government though NAADS distributed to farmers across the country as one of the initiatives to boost fish production.
The initiative is also one of the ways of providing alternative sources of fish to meet the increasing demand resulting from the recent increase in population and high upshot of fish processing plants for export. In the recent years, Uganda’s natural fish stocks had dwindled to alarming levels.
More than 100 districts benefited from the initiative. In Luuka district, the 60 fish farmers who were selected from different villages converged at Luuka district headquarters to receive fish fingerlings from NAADS secretariat under Operation Wealth Creation
The farmers were first trained on how to handle the species and producing food for them by the Luuka district fisheries officer Richard Tamukedde.
The fish fingerlings supplied by Aquafarm consults ltd were handed over to the beneficiaries by the district RDC Lillian Nakaweesi.
Speaking to the farmers, Nakaweesi urged them to take good care of the species to improve on their house hold incomes since fish has a good market within the distroct and the neighbouring areas.
David Muhanuzi from Aquafarm confirmed that the fingerlings worth shillings 57 million are of good breed and can mature within 7 months to 2 kilograms if well fed.
The Luuka district speaker Ronald Bikumbi who represented the LC5 chairperson welcomed the support from Government and said it will boost farmers’ income and revenue to the district.
The farmers led by their chairperson Ramathan Ibulamwandu hailed government for the support that will boost their income but however cried over high theft rate which they asked government for protection.
The Luuka district operation wealth creation coordinator col. Godfrey Kakoma promised to train people in security skills to protect their ponds from thieves.
NAADS also offered the farmers with starter up feeds for the fish fingerings which included starter powder and starter pellets.