In 2008, the centre was established by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) to promote fisheries and research in aquaculture as well as food processing in Northern Uganda.
A 1.5 Billion Shillings hatchery centre in Northern Uganda has
remained non-functional more than twelve years after it was established.
The centre located in Laliya parish in Bardege-Laroo division in Gulu City
was established in 2008 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) to promote fisheries and research in
aquaculture as well as food processing in Northern Uganda.
The centre which was built with funding from African Development Bank has 24 fish ponds, a water heating facility, regulatory tank and hatchery,
giant fingerlings breeding tanks and a fish processing machine.
The others include a standby generator, transport facilities and office
equipment among others. It is among the four major artificial hatchery
centres established by the government across the country to boost fish farming
among the local fish farmers.
Since then the centre has been idle with no major activities. Some of
the equipment and building are already dilapidated and vandalized by members of
Beatrice Layet Ocen, who has four fish ponds in Laliya, Gulu City says that she
is exorbitantly buying her fish feeds and fingerlings from Soroti City due to
the unavailability in Gulu City.
Layet spends more than three million shillings quarterly for purchasing
fingerlings and fish feeds adding that she also lacks adequate knowledge to run
her fish ponds since it should have been provided cheaply by the now idle fish
Daniel Watmon, the Chairperson of Amalac Fish Farming Project in Omoro district
says that he has attained training on fish pond making and stocking but the
biggest challenge is accessing fish feeds and fingerlings which he says are not
available in Northern Uganda.
He says that the centre would have provided them with basic fish farming
knowledge and fish feeds cheaply and employment opportunities among others.
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Eighteen-year-old Rebecca Lamwaka Joska from Amuru district intends to become a
leading fish farmer and supplier in her district but says that her hopes are
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She wants the government to operationalize the fisheries project
in Guluso that together with her colleagues they can cheaply buy feed and also
get technical skills on fish farming.
Emmanuel Omara Pacoto the Gulu District Fisheries Officer says that
the centre was this year leased out to a private company he identified as
Agro-Max, a private agri-business company to rehabilitate and operationalize
its operation for ten years.
The company will be responsible for making fish feeds, manufacturing
fingerlings and selling to fish farmers at subsidized prices. He also advised
fish farmers to be creative and use personal resources to gain knowledge as
they wait for other support.
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Oved, the Director of Agro-Max declined to comment on the partnership noting
that all the information was with Gulu district authorities.