The fishermen told URN on Thursday that some fishermen had resorted to fish poisoning so as to harvest more yet in the long run threatening the sustainability of the fisheries sector to compete on the global market.
“As a community, we feel it is not safe for us but, we can’t do anything about it because those engaged in this business are powerful people. These youths plant Jerry cans in front of our shops and whenever trucks make stop overs. An average of 10 boys gather to interact with the drivers as they siphon fuel,” he said.
Speaking to journalists after overseeing the survey of Kingdom land in Jinja and Mayuge districts on Saturday, Muvawala, said their demands notices to the Prison authorities to clear the rent have gone without any response.
The farmers under their umbrella; Busoga Sugarcane Out Growers’ Association, argue that the cost of production in terms of fertilizers, cultivation, and transportation of cane from farms to the mills is higher than the payments farmers receive at the end of the chain.
Aggrey Sajjabi, the Bukatuube parish chief says most of the affected employees got jobs through his office. The employees have been earning between Shillings 120,000 to 300000 each month.Ayub Isooba, a resident of Buwolomero village in Bukatuube Sub County says he is struggling to fend for his family since he was laid off.
Jackson Wadanya, a Commissioner with the ministry of Fisheries says the BMUâ€™s under the supervision of district fisheries officials were given up to six months to fight against illegal fishing but most of them have found illegal fishing lucrative and became part of the gang they were sent to fight.