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Water Hyacinth Invades Fish Ponds

Geoffrey Ekanya, a fisheries officer in Luweero district says that the water hyacinth has invaded 8 private fish ponds posing a great danger to the fish stock in the ponds.
Sam Mubiru trying to remove the invasive weed from his Fish pond
The Water hyacinth has invaded private fish ponds in Luweero district threatening fish farming in the district. Geoffrey Ekanya, a fisheries officer in Luweero district says that the water hyacinth has invaded 8 private fish ponds posing a great danger to the fish stock in the ponds. He says Water hyacinth grows fast and multiplies a lot, which could suffocate the fish leading to death. Ekanya says that the weed also harbors poisonous toads which feed on both mature fish and fish eggs.

He suspects that the fishermen got the weed from Lake Kyoga last year and dumped it in the ponds thinking it would serve as food for their fish stock. Sam Mubiru, a fish farmer at Kikerege village says that he has already spent shillings 2 million to get rid of the weed in vain. Mubiru is worried that his fish catch is likely to reduce because the fish could die as a result of suffocation because of the weed. He says that despite the fact that he informed the Luweero Fisheries office about the weed, nothing has been done to help him address the problem.

 

Mubiru says that he is demoralized after spending huge sums of money to fight off the weed in vain. James Mutebi, a fish farmer in Bamunanika Sub County says that he has stopped adding more fish in the pond fearing that it could suffocate to death. He has asked the district and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and fisheries to intervene and fight it.

 

However, not only the fish farmers are affected by the weed. Amina Namukasa, a resident of Kikerege village says that they have been collecting water for domestic use from the ponds but the hyacinth has made it dirty. She says that as a result, residents are now trekking long distances to get water from wells for use at home.

 

George William Namugera, the Luweero District Production Officer says that they are still studying the situation and will address it after their research. Uganda has been battling the water hyacinth since 1990’s when it spread to River Kagera into Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert. The Ministry of Agriculture has not successful got it off completely from the water bodies.

 

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