Foundation fish brood stock & fry production Unit
NAGRC introduced the Fish Program whose implementation was embarked on last year 2020 with more focus on fish breeding, production and promotion of genetically improved fry/fingerlings, conservation of fisheries resources and technology transfer.
Key program result areas
The major key role of the fish program is; supporting sustainable market-oriented fish production and fish genetic improvement for improved food security and household income, through;
- Establishing systems for production of founder broodstock of improved culture strains
- Assessment of water bodies for fish production suitability
- Conservation of indigenous fish genetic resources
- Monitoring of fish breeding and multiplication activities in the country
- Certification and registration of fish breeders
- Training fish breeders, farmers and extension staff on fish breeding and management
- Reviewing of regulatory framework(s) on fish breeding
The program started with establishment of fish breeding and production facilities majorly ponds on two Animal Genetic Resources Centres of Rubona in Fort portal, Bunyangabu district and Kasolwe in Kamuli district, where breeding programs for majorly Nile tilapia, African catfish and Mirror carp are on-going. Starting with the current financial year, more facilities will be established on other NAGRC’s Animal Genetic Resources Centres in Apac, Bulambuli, Kayunga and Pader districts to enable the rolling out of different fish breeding, conservation and production programs.
Working with private hatchery operators, the program is profiling the existing fish breeding and fry multiplication activities in the country which are being critically analyzed for formulation of appropriate fish breeding and multiplication programs. The Centre is also implementing the Community Out-reach Program under fish, where farmers around the NAGRC’S Animal Genetic Resource Centres are visited for technical support on a number of improved fish farming technologies and other best management practices (PMPs).
The program is also targeting the implementation of inventory, profiling, monitoring and characterization of Aquatic Genetic Resources (AqGR) nationally and regionally in collaboration with a number of key stakeholders at all levels.
NAGRC & DB is working towards contributing significantly to the growth of the fisheries and aquaculture sector to achieve the national medium-term and long-term fisheries and aquaculture production which will ultimately enhance sustainability of Uganda’s fisheries and aquaculture industry.