Posted: Thu, May 03, 2018 | By: Kanungu (Uganda)
by Robert Magara
Fish farming in the highlands of Kanungu District began in September 2017. Its status and economic contribution in the Kanungu Humanist School is very significant.
In a period of very short time, we were able to obtain the production as healthy and developed fish in our pond for collecting fish from the pond, we used the fish net and first reduced pond water during the Saturday morning.
In terms of sustainability and economic viability, this is a good sample for producing fish with the help of seasonal pond.
It will help us with its high production with very many fingerlings that will help us to construct more other commercial tilapia fish ponds during the next summer given support.
Kanungu Humanist School has a commercial aquaculture farm based in Kanungu District Western Region of Uganda. After eight months we have made a sample extraction of 148 mature tilapia fish on Saturday morning for sale to the local and surrounding markets. Also have a future plan to sale fish feeds from the soybean and fingerlings to the local fish farms. The generated income each fish sold at 4,000 Uganda shillings x 148 extracted tilapia fish, the total income 592,000 has paid for the orphan tuition (the teachers’ salary), paid for food for lunch for the children.
There is growing interest of commercial tilapia fish farming. However, there are a few challenges of lack f enough funds to construct modern fish ponds.
Fish farming unfortunately has not yet been given the attention it deserves in Kanungu. My appeal to fellow farmers is to invest more in fish farming, considering the abundant water resources. Fish farming is sustainable, it is a source of income and high protein food to farmers and the rest of the population, schools and other learning institutions. I have realized that fish farming has a number of advantages.
- Fish do not need medicine
- They do not easily die
- They are not labour intensive, once they are fed, you are good to go.
- A single pond serves many years.
- Fish farming has a lot of growth potential, one can sell fish fresh, dried, tinned, fish fillet. The options are very many.
- It does not need large piece of land.
- Fish do not eat a lot of food.
So, what I would need now is to extend fish farming to a commercial farming to enable me sell in large quantities in the surrounding villages to buyers, even export to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda; have an extended 2 more other tilapia ponds of 21 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep on the deeper end and 1 meter on the shallow end that will accommodate each 5,000 fingerlings that we have produced.