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Photo: Fish Cages in Bunyala Sub County

BUSIA GOVERNOR TO LAUNCH LAKE VICTORIA OPEN FISH FARMING ON FRIDAY

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong will preside over the launch of Lake Victoria Fish farming (Cage Culture) at Mulukoba Beach in Bunyala Sub County on Friday March 1st, 2019.

In an interview with Emuria Radio on Monday evening, County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr Moses Osia invited leaders and members of the public to the inaugural launch of phase one of the program.

“The county has over 100 fish cages with many fish,” he said, adding that  the county will invest in fish hatcheries in Wakhungu, Emerikwa and Butula has increased fish production considering the dwindling of  fish  catches in Lake Victoria through the use of poor fishing methods.

County Director Fisheries Timothy Odende said that this is a great opportunity for Busia  businessmen to invest  in the Lake, noting that  it’s the county government  goals to create an enabling environment through the  model  that provides  investors interested in cage farming  with access to six of the most important concerns  in cage farming.

They include reduced production cost, quality feed and seeds, markets, security, and capital and financial products.

Odende also said a total of 35 tons of fish will be harvested over the next two to three months in 75 cubic metre high carrying capacity cages.

In order to check on the worrying trend, the County Government has indefinitely banned fishing in Lake Victoria on Saturdays and Sundays every week as a self-compliance measure in partnership with fishermen through Beach Management Units (BMUs).

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