The 16 farmers started cage fish farming at the height of operations by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Fisheries Protection Unit, five years ago. However, the farmers say the costs of commercial fish feeds are almost chasing them out of business.
Members of Kewerimiire
Fish Farmers Association in Busamuzi Sub County, Buvuma district have
resorted to homemade feeds in order to avoid the high cost of commercial fish feeds.
The 16 farmers started cage fish farming at the height of operations by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Fisheries Protection
Unit, five years ago. However, the
farmers say the costs of commercial fish feeds are almost chasing them out of
As a result, the farmers have resorted to mixing local ingredients
including cassava, sunflower, potato leaves, dried bananas, rice, soya beans
and dry animal bones to make fish feeds.
They are, however, distressed with the low quantities and size of fish
they get as compared to feeding the fish using commercial feeds.
Gazamba, the Chairperson of Kewerimiire Fish Farmers, says they used to buy a variety
of feeds from different producers. He, however, says after failing to get proper
market for their fish harvest, it became difficult to maintain the use of
At his cage alone,
Gazamba could use about 350,000 Shillings each month to feed over 6,000 tilapia
and 200 Nile perch. He
requests the government to come to their rescue by
extending credit facilities so that they can improve their feeding system.
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George Apire, a fish farmer in Kabubu village appeals to
the government to help them find the proper market and improve their financial status
if they are to remain in the business.
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John Musangogwantamu, another farmer explains that lack of
improved feeds is affecting their production rate.
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Samuel Mpiira, the Buvuma District Production Officer notes
the challenge of commercial fish feeds is common among fish farmers within the
district. He says the majority of farmers are using local ingredients to blend
Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries-MAAIF encourage Buvuma residents not to lose hope at an
early stage since the ministry is now much focused on boosting the fisheries
industry through cage farming.
He notes that they are in the process of coming up with a
technical service provider to solve the challenge of feeds, which is becoming
common among farmers.
“The Ministry is focused on visiting various farmers to find
out how they can be helped to advance through science and technology. The
government also provides credit support but many of our people have been
reluctant to access it,” Ssempijja notes