twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Fish farmers in Uganda’s Luwero worried over high-priced feeds

Fish farmers in Luwero district have said that the high costs of buying feeds have affected the sizes of fish harvested and revenue from their production

According to the Luwero district fisheries office, Luwero generates 20 tonnes of fish every year. (Image source: Adobe Stock)According to the Luwero district fisheries office, Luwero generates 20 tonnes of fish every year. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

A fish farmer at Nkonge village in Katikamu sub county, while speaking to The Independent, claimed he has 2,500 fish stock in his fish ponds but is challenged to produce fish above 500 grams due to the high costs of feed. Most fish produced in the district is between 400-500 grams, which attracts less income.

According to the Luwero district fisheries office, Luwero generates 20 tonnes of fish every year from 350 farmers spread in the sub-counties of Nyimbwa, Katikamu, Zirobwe, Luwero and Butuntumula sub-county, among others.

Robert Wakulyaka, the manager of Nkonge Integrated fish farm said that they are currently looking after 20,000 fish stock and need four tons of feeds worth a little over US$143,755, before harvesting them.

Wakulyaka said that small-scale farmers have resorted to feeding the fish on local plants but these won’t help them in harvesting fish in better sizes. He appealed to the government to decrease taxes on fish feeds, so that farmers can afford them, thereby helping the sector to grow.

According to Fisheries and Aquaculture division at Food and Agriculture Organisation, Uganda produces 15,000 tonnes of fish aquaculture including production from small-scale, commercial fish farmers and stocked water reservoirs as well as minor lakes.

There are an estimated 20,000 ponds throughout the country.


LATEST NEWS IN Aquaculture

Youth’s challenges in artisanal fisheries and aquaculture discussed at IYAFA 2022

Youth’s challenges in artisanal fisherie…

Themes including the need for African governments to have youth-focused fisheries policies, came strongly to the fore as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) brought experts and activists together to consider...

Fish project tackles malnutrition in Uganda

Fish project tackles malnutrition in Uga…

 Ugandan Lake catches are mostly dominated by three highly-nutritious fishes, known locally as 'muziri', 'ragoogi' and 'mukene'

African flag registries exploited by high-risk fishing operators: Report

African flag registries exploited by hig…

Ensuring that high-risk fishing operations and vessels are excluded from national flags is a critical step to securing the waters of Africa for the legitimate and sustainable enrichment of coastal...

Angola sees boost in aquaculture and agriculture output

Angola sees boost in aquaculture and agr…

The output in the agriculture and fishing (+12.9% y-o-y) sector in Angola continues to record blockbuster growth and has surpassed pre-pandemic levels, according to the National Statistics Institute’s (INE) latest...

Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd signs agreements to advance goals in cultivated fish

Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd signs agreem…

Israel- FoodTech start-up Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd has signed two agreements with Tufts University to advance the company’s goals in the emerging field of cultivated fish

Ghana imports US$200mn fish annually

Ghana imports US$200mn fish annually

Illegal fishing is having a negative impact on Ghana's fish stock and economy, and the country is spending around US$200mn annually to import fish to meed the demand

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Aquaculture

Ghana imports US$200mn fish annually

Ghana imports US$200mn fish annually

Illegal fishing is having a negative impact on Ghana's fish stock and economy, and the country is spending around US$200mn annually to import fish to meed the demand

Mauritania signs new fishing partnership accord with EU

Mauritania signs new fishing partnership…

Mauritania has signed a new protocol with the European Union (EU) which extends the fisheries partnership agreement between the two sides

Sonac to launch protein alternative for fish meal at VIV Europe 2014

Sonac to launch protein alternative for …

Supplier of animal-based proteins, fats and minerals, Sonac, has announced it will launch natural protein sources for aqua feed at VIV Europe 2014

Algeria, Mauritania to promote bilateral fishing cooperation

Algeria, Mauritania to promote bilateral…

Algeria and Mauritania have expressed willingness to develop cooperation in the fishing sector by promoting scientific research and exchange of expertise

Fish farming sector expected to record highest demand in nanobubble generator market

Fish farming sector expected to record h…

A research study by Fact.MR showed that the nanobubble generator market will see a CAGR of more than 5% during 2021-2031 and fish farming industries are expected to account the...

Ghana gets US$53.8mn for its aquaculture sector

Ghana gets US$53.8mn for its aquaculture…

Ghana has received US$53.8mn to improve and ensure sustainable management of the country’s fisheries and aquaculture sector

ASC releases revisions for freshwater trout and salmon standard

ASC releases revisions for freshwater tr…

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has updated salmon standard and freshwater trout standard following a rigorous multi-stakeholder and science-based review process

Somaliland’s fishing sector gets new ice plant

Somaliland’s fishing sector gets new ice…

An ice plant is helping develop Somaliland’s indigenous fishing sector by allowing fishermen to sell their catch in markets around the country

Zanzibar fish study to highlight endangered species

Zanzibar fish study to highlight endange…

The Tanzanian Government has announced plans to carry out a study on fish species living in the waters surrounding Zanzibar in an effort to certify endangered varieties

Fish farming in Nigeria to get help from Netherlands

Fish farming in Nigeria to get help from…

Nutreco N.V. and Oxfam Novib have partnered in Nigeria to launch a one-year pilot project to promote sustainable and inclusive fish farming for smallholder farmers

Norway commits US$5mn to help small-scale aquaculture farmers in East Africa

Norway commits US$5mn to help small-scal…

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) will provide US$5mn to increase the incomes and build resilience of small aquaculture farmers in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania

Chinese company fined for illegal fishing activity in Liberia

Chinese company fined for illegal fishin…

National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) in Liberia has fined Chinese fishing company, Africa Zhong Sheng Hai, an amount of US$50,000 for reportedly smuggling fish in Liberian market

Prev Next