Kabale fish farmers gifted with fish fingerlings.Tobias Habasa
By Alex Byakatonda
Kabale District local government has today distributed 5,000 mono-sex Nile Tilapia fingerlings for farming to different farmers in the district.
According to the Kabale District fisheries officer in charge of Aquaculture, Brighton Naturinda, the fish fingerlings were received from government under the Agricultural extension program.
He added that under the program, the district intends to identify model fish farmers, with whom the district will partner and extend fish farming to the entire district.
Naturinda tasked the beneficiaries to properly manage and raise the fish fingerings by clearing all floating vegetation on their ponds to avoid frogs bleeding within the ponds, since they can predate on the fish. He also emphasized to the farmers to ensure that the fish fingerlings are properly fed, if they are to mature and benefit them.
The Kabale District Production and Marketing officer, Bedda Mwebesa, implored the beneficiary farmers to ensure proper record keeping on their fish farm, so as to gauge if the farming business has been profitable.
The Kabale District LC5 Vice Chairperson, Mirira Akankwasa Tugume, who represented the District LC5 Chairperson, Nelson Nshangabasheija at the handover of the fish fingerlings, commended government for such programs, which she said are aimed to improving people’s household incomes.
Akankwasa also asked the beneficiaries to be role models to other farmers, since the fish farming is one of the agriculture enterprises being targeted under the Parish Development Program.
The former Kabale District speaker and a resident of Nyombe in Kahungye sub county, Rev Canon Jack Katarishangwa, who represented the beneficiaries, commended the government for the donation, which is intended at boosting their household incomes. He also implored his colleague farmers to seek expert knowledge and services from extension officers, if fish farming is to profit them.