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According to Dr. Izaara, this model of fish farming could turn around, the nutritional levels in the country if government decided to tap into this project.
A fish pond at Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute.

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Running water can be a menace if left uncontrolled or channeled to the right place. Mukono district is one such place that faces the challenge of running water during heavy rains.

  The running water often floods people’s homes and gardens living them counting loses. Flooding is common in Ntawo, Kame, Wantoni, Mbalala and Namanve areas. However, George Fred Kagimu, the Director Festino Cite recreation center in Ntawo has decided to put the running water to good use.    

He is currently harvesting the running water in two big ponds for boat racing and fish farming. Fredrick Kalungi, the Manager Festino Cite notes that they have so far used over Shillings 20 million to excavate the ponds to store the running water to create the first boat racing ground in Mukono municipality.         According to Kalungi, they have purchased 4 boats that will be used by people who wish to sail.  

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    The Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute-MOZARDI, also runs a fish pond, which produces about 10 tons of fish each year. Before the running water is channeled to the ponds, it goes through smaller ponds, which help to filter soil and improve on its color.

    There is also an empty big pond where the water is channeled to avoid prevent stagnation and provide room for maintenance. Dr. Andrew Izaara, the Head of the Aquaculture Unit at MOZARDI told Uganda Radio Network that water from residential areas, suburbs and other none industrial zones has proved good for fish farming and other activities such irrigation.

  He says that they are able to grow tilapia and African cat fish at their demonstration pond at Ntaawo in a ground tank, measuring half an acre.    

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The tank carries about 65 metric tons of water. Dr. Izaara however says the system is limited to the rain season. He explains that they empty the tanks for maintenance during the empty season. According to Dr. Izaara, this model of fish farming could turn around, the nutritional levels in the country if government decided to tap into this project.  

 

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Mayinja Walugembe, a fisherman at Katosi landing says the initiative can increase on the fish stock in the country despite the fact being costly.  “Yes the tank can be set up but the worst moment is when the dry spell turns on, where would one resort to pumping water from especially in town, since it is stagnant water must be changed over time,” Walugembe reasons.