Fishing sector players have highlighted the need to scale up on quality assurance across the fisheries value chain from harvesting stocks, transportation, trade and actual value addition; particularly for the local market.
This position is emerging at the tail end of an 8-year intervention on the fisheries value chain, involving both public and private actors but led by the German government through GIZ.
The responsible fisheries business chains project targeted artisanal fishers, processors and traders as well as small and medium enterprises in the fishery sector.
Improvement in fish stocks, trade and value addition targeting communities and businesses around Lake Victoria and Kyoga, could stabilise employment in the sector if best practices are sustained.
According to the Business Development Service trainer of Fish Value Addition Moses Tenywa, the fish sector employs quite a number, that could be rendered jobless if it’s streamlined.
This position is emerging after over 4 years of active business development services championed by the German development arm GIZ; together with the directorate of fisheries in scaling up the active participation of more communities and associations in the sector value chains.
Validating the ongoing outcomes, the Project Leader of the Responsible Fisheries Business Chains Project Adolf Gerstl, discloses that over 2,800 people have been trained under the Business Dev’t services, with more than 30,000 boats registered, thus eliminating illegal practices and realizing improved fish stocks.
The directorate of fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries say a foundation has now been set for enhanced coordination among sector players.
The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation is hopeful that with sustained compliance, earnings from the fisheries sector will expand.
Uganda’s net export earnings from fish are estimated at over $200m per annum. Domestic revenue values remain scanty but high.