State Minister for Fisheries Hellen Adoa who commissioned the ongoing works tasked encroachers to keep off the shoreline as their illegal farmlands continue to weaken the water banks, forcing them to float along Lake Victoria.
The commandant of the Jinja based non commissioned officers’ academy-NCOA Col. Saad Katemba who led the team, says UPDF is part of the community and therefore ready to support them in handling their daily needs.
Funded by GIZ, the festival attracted researchers and experts from government organizations like National Fisheries Research Institute and Makerere university School of agriculture who sensitized participants on acceptable fishing methods and how best to improve on their aquaculture practices.
During the event, State Minister for Veteran Affairs Lt Col Bright Rwamirama said that the joint activities conducted under the East African Community (EAC) Cooperation in Defence Affairs are enhancers of the integration of the Community. He noted that the EAC Partner States have similar security challenges that call for a joint approach to handle.