Kakande's Bukakata Aquaculture Project gets Green Light

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The project had been stopped by the National Environment Management Authority [NEMA] on account that its activities would deplete the environment. According to NEMA, much of the proposed project area is a catchment hub for water that flows into Lake Victoria.

The Fisheries Department has authorized the implementation of a multi-billion shilling aquaculture project on several landing sites in Masaka. The project is a brainchild of Aqua World Uganda Limited, a company owned by Kampala Pastor Samuel Kakande.

The project had been stopped by the National Environment Management Authority [NEMA] on account that its activities would deplete the environment. According to NEMA, much of the proposed project area is a catchment hub for water that flows into Lake Victoria.

It further registered another setback when Lenos Ngopek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner stayed its implementation until its benefits were spelt out to the fishing communities as well as guidelines for co-existence between the two entities.

However, State Minister for Fisheries Ruth Nankabirwa says Aqua World Uganda Limited, was awarded a 2-year probation certificate to launch its operations across seven landing sites in Bukakata Sub County.

The landing sites include Kaziru, Tekera, Mutemante, Gwamba and Mumpu among others.

She adds that the provision is part of government efforts to restock depleted lakes through such initiatives.  She announced the development during a meeting with fishing communities held at Mutemante, one of the targeted landing sites.

The Principal Fisheries Inspector, Eric Nadiope told the meeting that government is moving to improve fishing activities from traditional fish hunting to fish farming.

He says that government indentified more than 200 square miles along lake shores in Mpigi and Masaka to establish aquaculture parks and as such allowed several players to come up with projects to engage in fish farming.Aqua World Uganda limited is one of the players that qualified for the same.

The project manager Matia Kintu Musoke says that they are planning to gazette fishing grounds and set up fish cages on idle shores of the lake. The project is also going to establish a fish production site that will bleed improved fish species that grow at a rapid speed.

However, David Nsagani, the Mutemante village chairperson says that locals still need massive sensitization on how they are going to coexist and benefit from the project.