Fish exporters have asked Uganda’s Parliament not to try and reverse a decision of having continued presence of Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) on lakes in their bid to stop illegal fishing.
According to Sujal Goswami, the Chairman Uganda Fish Processors and Exporters Association, UPDF intervention has helped a lot in curbing down illegal fishing and the use of illegal fishing gears.
“People are not well sensitized on the need to help the multiplication of the different fish varieties. If UPDF leaves, the use of illegal fishing gears will escalate hence depletion of fish stalks in the lakes,” said Goswami during the 3rd Exporters Conference at Imperial Royale Hotel.
He recalls that sometime back they had over 100 fish processing factories but due to illegal fishing and lakes depletion, they currently have only 12 factories operating.
“Because the fish varieties are returning in the lakes due to UPDF intervention, more factories are intending to set up but without UPDF and the Fish varieties, the factories won’t set up,” added Goswami.
Goswami said three new factories have so far set up in the last three months.
BY PAUL TENTENA