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
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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.