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EPRC Roots for Employment Opportunities in Fisheries Sector

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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 maximally exploited. 

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.

       

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