Joseph Kabugo, the LC5 councillor for Kasensero town council and vice chairperson of Kasensero Fishermen’s Association says that fishermen are not protected from the exploitation by owners of processing factories who enjoy total liberty of determining market prices right from the landing site.
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The government has been asked to consider investment into fish
processing to save the fishermen from exploitation.
Fishermen at Kasensero landing site in Kyotera district, are complaining that despite the increasing
volumes in fish catch, they are yet to make reasonable earnings from
Joseph Kabugo, the LC5 councillor for Kasensero town council and vice
chairperson of Kasensero Fishermen’s Association says that fishermen are not
protected from exploitation by owners of processing factories who enjoy
total liberty of determining market prices right from the landing sites.
Kabugo says the fish processing and export market is dominated by
Asian multinational investors who keep fluctuating the market prices to the disadvantage
of fishermen who incur high costs of obtaining fishing gears.
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Kabugo also argues that unlike the other sectors of the economy
that operate on the market forces of demand and supply, the fish industry in
Uganda is deliberately manipulated by investors who are solely after satisfying
their selfish interests.
Peter Kalingoma, one of the
biggest fishermen at the landing site, says the industry is also infiltrated by
speculators who he claims are deliberately deployed by the investors to
frustrate the business.
He wants the government to consider direct investments into the
fish trade or support some local investors to construct factories as a way of
protecting the local fishermen.
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Hajj Abdul Ssekima, the Chairperson of Kasensero Beach Management
Unit-BMU says that some of the fishermen have even started dropping out of business.
Hassan Dran Ajeendran, a manager at Aak-wood fish factory in
Jinja, denies that allegations of exploitation. He explains that their pricing rates are determined based
on the world market figures.