Fish farmers in Namokora Sub County in Kitgum district are stuck with over 10,000 mature fish in Wang Kwogo Valley Dam in Ladwogi Village due to lack of fishing gears. Alfred Omony, the Kitgum district Fisheries Officer, says the valley dam was constructed three years ago by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to supply water for livestock in the sub county.
Fish farmers in Namokora Sub County in Kitgum district are stuck with over 10,000 mature fish in Wang Kwogo Valley Dam in Ladwogi Village due to lack of fishing gears.
To fully exploit the potential, the sub county requires canoe boats, standard fishing nets, storage facilities, and specialists among others.
Alfred Omony, the Kitgum district Fisheries Officer, says the valley dam was constructed three years ago by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to supply water for livestock in the sub county. He says to maximize its usage, the Ministry decided to stock it with two species of fish to diversify sources of animal proteins to the communities.
Charles Onen, the Namokora Sub county Chairperson, is crying foul about the project. He says shoddy work was done at the site by the contractor that built the valley dam before he took over as sub county chairperson.
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Onen says the perimeter fence that should have protected the water source from animals and illegal fishers was left incomplete, while the animal troughs installed at the valley dams have broken down among other parts which are nonfunctional.
Onen says flush floods that repeatedly burst the bank of the valley dam between August and October 2013 washed hundreds of mature fish ashore. Residents took advantage of the disaster, collecting hundreds of fish as far as 200 metres away from the dam.
Onen says after the flush floods, the dilemma forced his council to authorize residents to carry out unrestricted fishing to control the growing population of fish in the valley dam as the fish were devouring each other.
He says fishing gears that should have been supplied as part of the contract have never been delivered to the sub county. To reap gains from the estimated two billion shillings potential, the sub county is mobilizing local revenues to have fishing gears procured as the fish wastes away.
Onen says his council plans to invest in the aquaculture project and make it a major revenue source for the sub county. In the meantime, Livestock farmers in the Sub County are watering their animals from the valley dam that is also used by hundreds of residents as a water source for domestic uses.
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Women that Uganda Radio Network spoke to at the valley dam said they resorted to fetching water from the valley dam after their boreholes broke down. They are very worried of water borne diseases since the source is being shared with livestock.
But Alfred Omony, the Kitgum District Fisheries Officer says the district has already procured some Seine Nets for harvesting fish in the various valley dams in Kitgum District. He says the gears will be borrowed from the district store by the different fishing communities.