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Aquaculture Promotion

The Directorate of Fisheries Resources -DIFR, promotes the development of Aquaculture as a complementary or alternative source of fish production, including providing training, resources, and support for fish farming.

Previous Aquaculture Activities:

  • Capacity Building:  We implemented Training programs for farmers and extension workers on aquaculture techniques, pond management, and fish health management. The training manual is accessible on: Manuals_Others
  • Input Supply:  Through partnership, we ensured Provision of quality fish seeds, feed, and other inputs to support aquaculture production,
  • Demonstration Farms: Through our Research Institutes and Partners, we ensured establishment of demonstration farms to showcase best practices in aquaculture and serve as learning centers for farmers.
  • Market Linkages: We facilitated market access for aquaculture products through the establishment of market networks and linkages with buyers.
  • Research and Development:  We Conducted research on improved fish breeds, feed formulations, and production systems suitable for local conditions.

Current Aquaculture Activities:

  • Ecosystem Monitoring: We Monitor the health and integrity of aquatic ecosystems, including water quality, habitat condition, and biodiversity, to identify and address threats to fish populations.
  • Technology Adoption: We Explore and promote the adoption of new technologies and practices, such as improved fishing gear, aquaculture techniques, and fish processing methods, to enhance productivity and sustainability.
  • Promotion of Cage Culture: We Encourage the adoption of cage culture systems in lakes and reservoirs to increase fish production and improve livelihoods.
  • Integrated Aquaculture-Agriculture Systems:  We Promote the integration of fish farming with agriculture, such as aquaponics and integrated rice-fish farming, to enhance resource use efficiency and productivity.
  • Value Addition and Processing:  We Support the development of value-added fish products and processing facilities to increase the profitability of aquaculture enterprises.
  • Environmental Sustainability:  We Emphasize environmentally sustainable aquaculture practices, including water resource management, effluent treatment, and ecosystem conservation.

Future Aquaculture Activities:

  • Expansion of Smallholder Aquaculture: Scaling up support for smallholder fish farmers, including women and youth, through targeted interventions and capacity-building programs.
  • Diversification of Species:  Promoting the cultivation of diverse fish species with high market demand and resilience to climate change, including tilapia, catfish, and Nile perch.
  • Aquaculture Certification and Standards: Developing and implementing certification schemes and quality standards for aquaculture products to enhance market competitiveness and consumer confidence.
  • Innovation and Technology Adoption: Encouraging the adoption of innovative technologies and practices, such as biofloc systems, recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), and digital aquaculture management tools, to improve efficiency and sustainability.
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Strengthening partnerships with the private sector, research institutions, and development agencies to leverage resources, expertise, and market linkages for the sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector.

These activities reflect a strategic focus on promoting the sustainable development of aquaculture in Uganda, with an emphasis on increasing production, improving livelihoods, and ensuring environmental sustainability.