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What next as thousands of fishermen in Uganda get vetted out? July 30,2020   |  Source: Daily Monitor

While registered fishermen in Uganda jubilated on Monday as the State Minister for Fisheries, Ms Helen Adoa, flagged off the reopening of Lake Kyoga, thousands more faced an uncertain future.

All fishermen operating on the lake had been asked to register but only a few were successfully vetted and approved. Those who were left out are now pondering the next move and what life will be like outside the fishing occupation.

Restrictions imposed on fishing activities as the government announced the reopening plans of Lake Kyoga have left more than 12,000 fishermen without business.

According to ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, of the 23,000 fishing boats positioned on Lake Kyoga before the ban was imposed in 2017 and 2019, only 11,000 registered boats and fishermen will operate on the lake.

Ms Rogers Musazi, the chairperson of Ninga Village, Nakasongola District, says Nakasongola had been allocated 1,112 boats but the number was reduced to 700. He says hundreds of fishermen, who have been earning a living for decades through fishing, were vetted out during the registration exercise.

Mr Charles Bizo, one of the fishermen who missed out among those registered in Rwapanga Landing Site in Nakasongola, says he will venture into watermelon farming.

 

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