By Moris Mumbere
600 Kasese fish farmers get 75,000 fish lings
The fishlings, which included
31,000 tilapia and 45,000 cat fish, were delivered and issued out Wednesday
under one of the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) for Busongora North, Maj
Barnabus Mughongo Bwambale
”We have also given them three
tonnes (3,000kgs) of start-up multi-nutritional feeds for their fish ponds,”
Maj Mughongo said while over-seeing the distribution at the Kasese district
headquarters general stores.
The beneficiary organisations include the
Rwenzururu Queen Mother Christine Mukirania's Nya Mukama Foundation for Social
and Community Development, which one 2,000 fish capacity pond at Kibenge,
Nyakabingo 3 Parish, off the Kasese-Kilembe road.
Managed by the Queen Mother’s
Kibanzanga, the Rwenzururu king Charles Mumbere’s daughter, the Nya Mukama
Foundation for Social and Community Development, helps orphans in the kingdom.
Speaking to New Vision on getting
the inputs, Christine Kibanzanga, hailed government for supporting the Queen
Mother’s imitative to support the community.
“The Foundation looks after 600
orphans but our financial support capacity is still low so we think this
government input will take us a step higher,” Christine Kibanzanga said.
The fish was also given Mahango
Seed Secondary, located in the mountainous areas of Rwenzori.
Doreen Masika, a teacher at the
school, says fish farming in her school is aimed at not only boosting the
nutrition of the students and teachers but also to teach the learners that
without lakes fish cannot be produced.
“Besides farming fish in the school
for learning purposes, we also want to show people that living high in the
mountains cannot prevent us from engaging in fish farming which people only
associate lakes,” Masika said.
For 40-year-old Nevelesi Masika
Muswa, a mother of 12 children and member of Isule Fish Farmers Group, OWC
promises to be the answer to the chronic poverty that has constantly prevented
her from fully supporting her school-going children.
Isule is one of the parishes in
Maliba Subcounty that border the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
“I joined my association to
gain knowledge that can help me improve my family incomes,” she said.
The group leader, Nehemiah Magoma
Baluku, told New Vision that engaging in fish farming in Isule parish, will reduce
the wildlife poaching temptations on the Park and thus save the environment.
Like Magoma, fish farming by
Bihanda Fish Farmers Cooperative in Nyakiyumbu Subcounty, Bukonzo West
constituency, will reduce the fishing pressure on Lake Edward, according to the
group leader, Franco Kabwangana.
Kabwangana credited area MP and
Defence minister, Dr Chrispus Kiyonga, for having encouraged the group to take
up pond fish farming.
The group has 65 ponds along
Kayanzi fish landing village on the shores of Lake Edward.
“One of our challenges, however, is
that sometimes crocodiles from the lake jump into our ponds and eat our fish,”
he says, explaining that the group plans to fence the ponds off.
OWC (operation wealth creation) is a government
poverty-reduction programme that supports agriculture, animal husbandry,
micro-finance savings and credit cooperative societies (SACCOs) and farmer
institutional capacity building.
During his recent presidential
campaigns, President Yoweri Museveni said his government would increase the
budget for poverty reduction.