FAO To Clean Up Rotten Fisheries

doctor geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The campaign was launched at Africana hotel Kampala with the aim of teaching fisheries on how to reduce the post harvest losses of fish in their fisheries sector as the major threat to food security in Africa.

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In Uganda, statistics data shows that post harvest losses of small fishes range from 10% in the dry season to 90% in the rainy season.

Uganda loses $1.5m to Mukene post harvest alone, fresh tilapia traders also lose about 5.2% of their catch to quality issues which amounts to a total loss of $220,000 annually.

This campaign will be followed up by trainings and on the job capacity building through the use of videos on fish handling, hygiene, quality and nutrition aspects for different fisheries operators.

Alhaji M Jallow, the country representative in Uganda, appealed to the fisheries to undertake actions to reduce these losses.


“This will only be possible if fisher folk, fish processors, traders and consumers of fish products value the importance of hygiene and quality in the handling of fish,” Jallow said.

He added: “Over 500,000 people are expected to be reached by the awareness campaign activities directly and dissemination of the participatory videos through the mobile cinema events.”

Simon Owanyi, the Commissioner from ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Husbandry, says Uganda has a high potential for fish production with about 20% of its surface area covered by water comprising open waters-46,900km 2, swamps-7,300 km2 and rivers-2000km2.

“Uganda was sixth globally in fisheries production estimated at 560,000 metric tonnes with about 82% from capture fisheries and estimated 18%,” Owanyi noted.

He also revealed that Uganda has about 20,000 individual fish farmers’ groups most of whom still practice small scale substance aquaculture.

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