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Uganda Starts Construction of Aquatic Laboratory in Wakiso

Dr John Walakira, a Senior Scientist at the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) says the aquatic health laboratory will ease the burden of testing for fish diseases and disease producing agents like bacteria, viruses and another small organism in Uganda.

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The construction of a diagnostics laboratory for aquatic health has started in Kajjansi, Wakiso district. The testing laboratory, the fist of its kind in East Africa, will be used to test for all aquatic diseases affecting fish and train aquatic diseases experts in the region.

The East African Regioncurrently has less than 20 experts. Catherine Agoe, a fish Pathologist at the Aquatic Research and Development Centre (ARDC) says that without this laboratory, researchers and aquatic experts are basing largely on speculation to diagnose aquatic diseases and animals especially fish.

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Dr John Walakira, a Senior Scientist at the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) says the aquatic health laboratory will ease the burden of testing for fish diseases and disease producing agents like bacteria, viruses and another small organism in Uganda.

Dr  Walakira says that currently tests are expensively done in the United Kingdom and France at Centre for Environment and Fisheries Aquatic Science (CEFAS) at a cost ranging between USD 10,000 to USD 15,000. With the specialists available it will be easy for researchers to get information about diseases that are killing fish in ponds and other natural water bodies.

Eng. Mukasa Male, the project Manager says the construction of the aquatic laboratory by MALCOT Group, will take at least six months, at a cost of 400 million Shillings. Experts from the Centre for Environment and Fisheries Aquatic Science (CEFAS) will also participate in the capacity building, for staff who will work at the laboratory.