EAC Member States Urged to Embrace Drones for Monitoring Fish Species

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Abura says that unlike domestic animals, fish species require the deployment of scientific technologies to sustain their continued existence in the Lake. He noted that there are now a number of cost-effective drones designed to cover a distance of 30 kilometres both in the space and under water.

The Director of ICT at the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization, Samson Abura, has tasked the East African community member states to embrace the use of drones in monitoring fish species.  



Abura says that unlike domestic animals, fish species require the deployment of scientific technologies to sustain their continued existence in the Lake.  He noted that there are now a number of cost-effective drones designed to cover a distance of 30 kilometres both in the space and under water. 



He adds that the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization is facing challenges securing permission to patrol Lake Victoria fish resources using drones, even though they are the most effective in studying features exhibited by the different fish species without necessarily carrying them to the laboratories. 



He was presiding over the closure of the 12th EAC Command Post exercise in Jinja district on Friday. The two weeks' exercise code-named "Ushirikiano Imara" attracted 314 participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and South Sudan to discuss Peace Support Operations, counter-terrorism. Piracy, and disaster management.



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Abura also called upon the Republic of Rwanda and South Sudan to join the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization and promote economic integration within the region through collective fish production and marketing. The Organisation was established in 1928 with an aim of boosting fish productivity in the countries that host Lake Victoria. 




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Meanwhile the State Minister for Veteran Affairs Lt Col Bright Rwamirama said that the joint activities conducted under the East African Community (EAC) Cooperation in Defence Affairs such as Command Post Exercises are enhancers of the integration of the Community. 



He noted that the EAC Partner States have similar security challenges that call for a joint approach to handle. This, he said, can be achieved through, among others, joint training, joint operations and sharing of information adding that joint training enhance the state of the readiness of the Partner States in responding to complex security situations as well as anticipate threats and prepare for them accordingly. 




Speaking at the same function, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi applauded the exemplary participation by Partner States Contingents, saying that grasping the professional way of jointly operating is a great step towards deploying together as a single robust Force in case need arises.  




"Such exercises are not competitions but rather a joint learning process with the aim of attaining the skills to deploy together in future to ensure peace, security and stability in the region. Therefore, we are all winners," he said, adding that the entry of South Sudan into the Community is an added advantage for the region. 




The Exercise Director who is also the Deputy Commander Land Forces (D/CLF) Maj Gen Sam Kavuma said that the objectives of the exercise were among others to practice participants on duties and responsibilities of a Force Headquarter, manning operation rooms, joint planning, practice the EAC Standing Operation Procedures and use of the media.