Business Stalls at Kanara Landing Site Over Water Weed Top story


In short
Fishermen say the water hyacinth was brought by wind about three weeks ago following a heavy rainstorm.

Business has stalled at Kanara landing site on Lake Albert in Ntoroko district following an invasion by the water hyacinth that has made fishing and movement on the water impossible.    

Fishermen say the water hyacinth was brought by wind about three weeks ago following a heavy rainstorm.

Consequently, the fishermen have docked all their boats and are calling upon the concerned stakeholders to come to their rescue.     

Kangesti Bwambale, who owns ten boats at Kanara landing site, says on a good day he can make about Shillings 1 million but has made a single coin since the water hyacinth emerged.   

John Baguma, a fisherman says that he is no longer able to get basic needs for his family because he hasn't been working for over two weeks.  

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Emmanuel Subra, a fish monger says that normally, the water weed comes in small quantities and is always blown away by wind. 

He however, says that they have never seen this type of weed that is too heavy to move and impenetrable for boats.       

He says that what hurts them most is that this is the period when fish is in large quantities and mature enough for fishing.  

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The Kanara Town Council LC III chairman, David Kor, notes that he has informed the district authorities about the problem but they haven't received any help. 

Ntoroko District LC V chairperson, Timothy Kyamanywa says he has already informed the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries for help and is hopeful the problem will be solved soon. 


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Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.