Kahendero landing site on Lake Edward in Kasese District are running out of business
due to the increasing cost of fuel.
There are 48
registered boats on the landing site with each boat licensed to have at least
three fishermen on board during fishing, but currently, there are 30 active boats
at the landing site.
note that the main economic activity has been threatened by the high fuel
prices with now a liter of diesel at 6,800 to 7,000 Shillings up from 5,000 at
the end of last year.
The liter of
engine oil has also increased to between 10,000 shillings and 12,000, up from 7,000
Shillings last year.
forced fishermen to buy the oil in small portions deepening the amount of
fuel they are putting into their engines.
Musobozi, who owns a boat says that say they no longer reaping big from the
fishing business. He adds that despite the rising fuel prices, Musobozi says
that the fish prices at the landing site have remained the same since the
beginning of this year.
using a lot of money to buy fuel and you find you are using between 80,000 and
90,000 shillings on fuel a day and at the end of the day you have less catch
than what you invested in,” Musoobi said.
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Musa Alayi a fisherman, says that a number of fishermen have docked their
boats and he may do the same if prices don’t reduce.
going to leave the business and sit home, otherwise we are asking the government to
find solutions,” Alayi said
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Baguma another fisherman said he sold the total catch of fish at 100,000 shillings
after spending 80,000 shillings on fuel, leaving him with nothing to take
Mwesige, another fisherman who has been in the fishing business for the last
five years wants local leaders to set up vocational schools in the area so that
they can acquire skills and find alternative sources of livelihood.
that some fishermen plan to abandon the fishing business due to low returns.
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Businge, the Chairperson Kahendero landing site says that without addressing
the high fuel prices, a number of youth will be left jobless.