The National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADs has distributed
50,000 fingerlings to fish farmers in Sironko district to boost
aquaculture production. They were supplied to over 630 fish farmers
during the routine supply and stocking exercise in the production and marketing
The fisheries sector has registered a decline in demand of fish fingerlings
from farmers compared to last financial year where seventy thousand fingerlings
were distributed. Each farmer received one thousand fingerlings for stocking.
Rashid Toojo Baala, the Assistant Fisheries Officer for Sironko District says
the species will multiply and be distributed to other small-scale farmers in
the district. He however noted the challenge of floods that sweep away the
young species and predators that feed on fish could discourage fish production
in the district.
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Patrick Okori, the district production officer says their prospect is to step
up aquaculture farming in the district with each parish having at least three
David Muhanuzi, the Director of Aquafarm Consults Limited which was contracted
to supply the fingerlings says fish farmers in the Bugisu sub-region rear
mainly cut fish, and Mera cup species because of their high growth mortality.
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The beneficiaries, among them Richard Womoga from Bumasifwa, Hassan Wodada from
Busaulani decried to the fisheries sector and Naads secretariat for inadequate supply
of fish species, while others hailed the government for encouraging
aquaculture production in the district.
They argue saying they have managed to build houses, purchased
land and paid school fees as a result of fish rearing.