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Kitgum Fish Hatchery In Disrepair Six Years After Being Vandalised

John Okeny, the Chairperson of Manjola Fish farmers says in 2014, the then project manager stole some vital components from the hatchery and other items worth over Shillings 20 million.

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The fish hatchery in Kitgum district remains in disrepair six years after some of its vital components were stolen. 

The fish hatchery, which belongs to Manjola fish, Piggery and Poultry project, a community-based organization stopped producing catfish fingerlings in 2014. 

The hatchery was constructed in 2010 with funding of Shillings 10 million from USAID. The fish hatchery was erected to provide cheap fingerlings to at least 900 fish farmers from 22 groups in Kitgum, Pader and Agago districts.

John Okeny, the Chairperson of Manjola Fish farmers says in 2014, the then project manager stole some vital components from the hatchery and other items worth over Shillings 20 million.

“Fish farmers have been traveling up to Lira or Kajjansi hatchery in Wakiso district to buy fish fingerlings at Shillings 500 per fingerling minus transport. If this hatchery was working, farmers would buy them at Shillings 300 only,” Okeny said.  

He revealed that the fish farmers are in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the district to revive the project through the private-public partnership.    

Alfred Omony, the Kitgum District Production Officer, says the absence of a fish hatchery in the district has forced a number of fish farmers to abandon the business.  

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Omony says one needs at least Shillings 16 million to start fish farming using one pond.  

Helen Aditi Lembe, the Kitgum Municipal Production Officer notes that fish farming would have been a profitable business since only a small portion of land is needed compared to crop and animal production. 

 

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Alexis Ocaya, the proprietor of Inland Restaurant in Kitgum municipality, says cat fish sold at fish ponds along River Pager costs between Shillings 30,000 and 35,000 for fish weighing between 1-2 kilograms. 

Ocaya however says Nile Perch, which is most clients love isn’t available in the district.

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