|Fish farming can be a highly lucrative income generating activity into which to diversify, as more than 100 Ugandan small-holding landowners discovered in Self Help’s Amuria project area.|
Although the ponds had to be abandoned when civil war affected the area in 2003-2004, fish stocks in 16 individual ponds and a number of communal ponds have since been restored.
The Omule Fish Farmers Group in Amucho Parish produces both fish for sale in the local community, and also fingerlings for distribution and sale to other farmers interested in becoming engaged in the activity.
The 15 group members hand-dug four separate ponds, within which the different phases of development of their stock was managed.
The group members, who included men, women and a number of teenage youths from five local families carry out all of the maintenance and construction work on the ponds, and have received training in fish production, which was organised by Self Help Africa, in conjunction with the Ministry of Fisheries. They produce Tilapia and Nile perch for sale in local markets.
Self Help Africa in Uganda
|Self Help Africa began working in Uganda in the late 1990's, initially on a three year pilot project in Asamuk, and latterly with area based projects in Amuria and Kamuli.|
A number of new area based projects have been started by the organisation in the country in recent times.