NAGRC & DB participated in the 2021 World Fisheries Day celebrations.

NAGRC & DB participated in the 2021 World Fisheries Day celebrations.

NAGRC & DB participated in the 2021 World Fisheries Day celebrations.

World over, the Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21st November every year, this year, the National celebrations were held on 22nd November, 2021 in Gulu at St. Isidoro (Negri) farm in Bar Dege-Layibi Division under the theme ‘Recognising and Supporting the Contribution and Sustainable Development of Small Scale Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture‘ in recognition of the roles played by fish farming in improving household food/nutrition and income security to a significant section of the community. 60 youth were also graduated on the day after an intensive training course in fish production. The function was graced by the State Minister for Fisheries Hon. Hellen Adoa.

NAGRC show-cased a number of activities it is undertaking regarding its role (genetic development/improvement, conservation and community outreach) in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector as well as future plans. Participants (who included technocrats in aquaculture, farmers, students, politicians and religious leaders) showed a great concern of having poor quality fish seed in the country and urged NAGRC to closely work with them to improve the situation. Hon. Hellen appreciated NAGRC’S interventions and emphasised that genetic development and conservation are key to sustainable aquaculture production

The Minister in her speech noted that fisheries is one of the most important sectors in the country regarding employment, nutrition, household incomes and contribution to the country’s GDP. She added that Aquaculture is one of the fastest food production enterprises in Uganda and world over, Hon. Hellen noted that 72% of the fish produced is consumed locally with per capita consumption of 10-12kg. She however encouraged Ugandans to eat more fish with a target of 20kg per capita by 2030. The minister lastly urged leaders to interest youth into fish production and urged participants/exhibitors to work towards improving fish production and productivity.

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