SERERE DISTRICT: The international fisheries day celebrations started early for the fish farmers is Serere. This followed the decision by the government to extend financial support to them worth shs70m.
The funds will be received in fingerlings worth shs40m on top of three fish ponds that will be constructed at a cost of shs30m.
Yesterday, Akure fish farmers in Kamusala sub-county received 47,000 fingerlings from Hon. Hellen Adoa, the state minister for fisheries.
The donation came just hours into the international fisheries day being hosted for the first time ever in Serere district.
This helped to partially fulfill the government’s plans to give aquaculture priority to save swamps that are endangered by human activity.
“Fish farming is more paying as compared to rice growing because, in an acre of rice, a farmer gets only shs800,000 whereas one fish pound sitting in one acre fetches a farmer in one harvest shs5m,” Charles Oberu, the principle fish officer in the Ministry of Agriculture said.
The Kateta community has been engaged in fish farming for a while and they own over 30 fish pounds. They also informed the minister that they will not carry out rice farming anymore.
He called upon Teso people to undertake fish farming because of its high potential to eradicate poverty.
Today’s celebrations will be held under the theme, ‘Promoting fish farming for improved household incomes’. The president of the country is expected to be the chief guest.
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