Fish prices have dropped by more than half at Katwe
landing site in Kasese district because of the ban on public
transport and crossborder movement.
Currently, a midsized tilapia fish costs
between 4,000 and 6,000 Shillings down from 12,000 and 18,000 Shillings. The situation isn’t different for other fish species. Fishermen on the landing site, say the sharp drop in the fish prices has affected
their capacity to buy new fishing gear or even sustain their business.
Moreen Bakiryaghe, a fishmonger says they are
ideally out of business due to the low number of customers since the borders were
closed. She says they are finding a hard time to make a profit to support their
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Kayanga Kamulegeya, a fisherman told URN
reporter that most of their customers are no longer coming because of transport
restrictions. According to Kamulegeya, they are now at the mercy of local
traders and families around the landing site who determine fish prices.
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Saali Kadoma, another fisherman says sometimes they forced to
feed their catch to their families due to lack of customers.
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Noah Thembo, another fisherman in Katwe, says some families
can no longer afford food because fishing is their only source of income.
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Sulait Kasunju the Chairperson Katwe Landing Site attributes
the price drop to the closure of the border, saying DRC has been a key
determinant of fish prices at the landing site. He, however, says
that even the local communities are buying small quantities since most of the
people are at home.
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John Kananura, the LC III Chairperson Katwe Town Council,
says the drop in the fish prices has already affected the tax base of the town
council. He says they are now collecting between 30
to 45 million Shillings each month from 60 million Shillings previously.
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On Tuesday afternoon, President,
Yoweri Museveni extended the nationwide lockdown for 21 days to allow the
country to combat the corona virus pandemic.