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Sironko Farmers Receive 50,000 Fingerlings to Boost Production

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 fish ponds.

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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 department.  

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 fish ponds.

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. 

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