Researchers from the economic policy research center-EPRC
have embarked on a move to identify employment opportunities for the youth and
women within the fisheries sector.
Available statistics indicate that the fisheries sector
employs approximately 5.3 million people either directly or indirectly, however some
opportunities which would serve as employment to the youth and women have not been
Under their project dubbed, “creating productive and decent
work for youth and women in Uganda through industrialization,” EPRC targets earmarking value addition ventures to the different fish species like Nile perch, tilapia
and silver fish which are often exported in their raw material form.
Speaking to URN on Thursday, the EPRC programs manager Elizabeth
Birabwa said that the study is being conducted by a team of researchers
through their umbrella body, African policy dialogues with support from
Netherlands-based organization called 'Include Africa project' with an aim of
identifying employment opportunities in the different agricultural value
chains so as to reduce unemployment levels among the women and youth.
Birabwa adds that, they will design different measures aimed
at helping government to identify quality employment for the youthful population
within the fisheries industry which will enable them to earn decent incomes that can
better their livelihoods.
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Birabwa further says that women and youth are often
employed in low income fisheries value chains however. The study will enable
researchers to identify more profitable ventures suitable for the seemingly exploited
groups of people within the fisheries sector.
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Meanwhile, Peris Logose, the chairperson of Kiyindi women’s
fish processors association, says that women are often kicked out of the
fisheries industry due to lack of capital. However, if responsible authorities
design a friendly loan scheme for the vulnerable groups along the lakes, they
will effectively compete with their male counterparts.