Buliisa Youths Reaping Big from Harvesting Sea Shells

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Jacula Opio, a resident of Masaka landing site, says he has spent 20 years in the business and has been able to set up a retail shop at Masaka landing site.

Hundreds of youths in Buliisa district are changing their lives through trading in sea shells. The youths collect the shells from the deep waters of Lake Albert for sale. A basin of fresh shells costs 20,000 Shillings while a sack costs Shillings 140,000 at most landing sites in Buliisa district. 


The business is common at Wanseko, Bugoigo, Butaiba, Kalolo, Bikona and Masaka Landing sites among others. After collecting the sea shells from the lake, the youth dry it on the lake shores. They later sell the shells to businessmen from Kampala who use the shells to produce chicken feed. The shells have calcium, which is necessary for hens.



After collecting the Sea shells from the lake, they are later sold to Kampala based businessmen who buy them and later transport them to Kampala to make Chicken feeds. The sea shells are a rich supplement in livestock feeds especially for poultry.

 
Herbert Batabarwa a youth at Bikoni landing site in Kisansya parish in Kigwera Sub County, says he has benefited a lot from the business. He explains that he has been able to pay the tuition of his children and construct a permanent house using proceeds from the business.
 
 
 
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Sylvia Timbigamba, a widow and mother of two children is a resident of Kalolo landing site. According to Timbigamba, he has set up a restaurant using proceeds from the shell business, which has helped to supplement her income.
 
 
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Jacula Opio, a resident of Masaka landing site, says he has spent 20 years in the business and has been able to set up a retail shop at Masaka landing site.
 
 
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George Kizige another resident says his life entirely depends on the shell business since it is his only source of income.

 
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Geoffrey Matongo, the Buliisa LC 5 Vice Chairperson, says the business has changed the livelihood of youths in the district. He says many youths have been able to attain wealth from the Sea shell business and support their families. The Sea shell business comes with an advantage that there is no off-peak for harvesting the shells unlike other businesses.
 
 
According to the sea shell dealers, the harvest is high in June and July. Several families have abandoned the fishing business in favor of the sea shell business.
 

 

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