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Farmers Demand Compensation as Floating Debris Destroys Fish Cages

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Led by their Chairperson, Majid Magumba, the Fishermen say they don’t have money to service the loans they acquired to inject in the enterprise since their main source of income has been crashed.
Some of the fish cages that were destroyed.

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Members of Cage Fish Farmer’s Cooperative Society in Jinja district are demanding for compensation from government for the loss of 80,000 pieces of their tilapia fish valued at Shillings 35 million.

The farmers claim that a team of engineers deployed by government to clear the floating island on Lake Victoria left debris afloat, which sank their cages killing their fish. 

Led by their Chairperson, Majid Magumba, the Fishermen say they don’t have money to service the loans they acquired to inject in the enterprise since their main source of income has been crashed. 

Magumba says the engineers adopted a system of submerging the floating weeds, which is affected their cages since the debris floats towards their farms a few hours later.    

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Abdullah Naimah, who claims to have lost two fish cages, says although their losses are visible, efforts to clear the debris on time haven’t been realized. 

He wants the engineers to team up with farmers to devise means of protecting other aquatic projects as they clean the lake.

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Omar Wadda, a Production Engineer attached to Uganda Egypt Aquatic Weed Control Project, says they had earlier on embarked on an expeditious process with the aim of uprooting the floating islands but failed to clear the debris.   

He however, says they have since secured the required equipment from different government agencies to ensure that, all debris is cleared from the lake.            

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