Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Cage fish farming increases on L. Victoria – Researcher

Cage fish farming is steadily growing on Lake Victoria, according to Mujib Nkambo, a Fisheries Researcher with the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI).
NaFIRRI aquaculture research centre at Kajjansi

Nkambo, who is this week touring Wakiso district to teach people how to farm fish in lakes and rivers, says that there are over 1000 cages in Lake Victoria alone.

“Cages are highly profitable. They give you more yield per unit area,” Nkambo told Nathan Lujumwa, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Wakiso District on November 30, 2015, at Wakiso District headquarters.

“In Masese [Jinja district] fishermen started with only two cages from NAADS [National Agricultural Advisory Services] but now they have 350 cages,” Nkambo added.

NaFIRRI's Information Communication & Outreach Officer Saul Waigolo discusses with Lujumwa (r) during the NaFIRRI visti
 Lujumwa said that the introduction of cage fish farming, also known as cage-culture, was timely.

“The resource [fish] is running out. If we embrace this technology we will boost our incomes and food security. I pray that our communities embrace this,” Lujumwa said.

Cage-culture involves farming fish in cages, in water bodies such as lakes and rivers.

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