The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries plans to issue guidelines on the management of fish maws.
The move comes after traders under their association Uganda Fish Maw Traders Association on Wednesday petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Minister of Agriculture Vincent Sempijja, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and officers from the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces.
Fish maw also known as air bladder is an internal gas-filled organ that contributes to the ability of a fish to control its resilience, and thus to stay at its current water depth without having to waste energy in swimming. Its extract is often used in the making of surgical stitching threads and aesthetic drugs among other uses.
The traders through their Secretary General Charles Tebandeke told the speaker that they were being denied their right to trade in fish maws yet they pay licenses to deal in the business.
Tebandeke told the Speaker that their fish maws were being confiscated by the UPDF and some of the dealers were being tortured yet they have licenses.
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The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Sempijja told Kagawa that the fish maw business is a new lucrative business that requires guidelines that addresses the challenges of the traders in fish maw.
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Kadaga asked the UPDF to look into complaints and concerns of torture raised. She also called for the Ministry in charge of fisheries to streamline the issues of fish maws and ensure that rights of Ugandans are observed.
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Brigadier Michael Nyarwa, the Commander UPDF Marines, says that the army will set up a complaints desk to investigate the concerns of the traders.