Training of the ENABLE youth fish entrepreneurs on best aquaculture management practices held at aquaculture research and development center, Kajjansi, NaFFIRI-NARO
The Ministry of Water and Environment through the Investment Committee approved 9 Agripreneurs in the aquaculture value chain for investment funding in Kasese, Butaleja, Oyam and Pakwach districts supported under ENABLE Youth program. During the selection process of youth Agriprenuers in all the irrigation schemes, the Investment and Technical Committees observed that despite having undergone a boot comp training tailored on developing Agriprenuers business skills and value addition techniques, the selected youth for the aquaculture enterprises lacked technical knowhow of the fish farming aspects.
Consequently, the committee advised and recommended that the youth be skilled in all aspects of fish farming to enable them to have better innovative and competitive aquaculture enterprise development strategies before accessing the investment funds.
The training included demonstrating practically the whole aquaculture value chain beginning with, site selection, construction of the productions systems (ponds, cages and tanks), preparation of the production systems, for stocking, stocking and sampling, feeding and feed management, feed formulation and manufacture, seed production, postharvest handling and value addition.
The trainees visited Pearl Aquatics, Kati farms and local feed processors in Wakiso (Kajjansi Aquaculture Services Centre, Kitovu LC) and Kampala for a learning tour to understand the business perspective from the practicing aquaculture business entrepreneurs and the shops selling the fish feed processing equipment.
The trainees gained the necessary skills to enable them to succeed in their fish farming ventures. It was highlighted that the training was highly focused on practical skills with key theoretical illustrations that were very crucial to conduct fish farming successfully. Also urged trainers to work together by sharing experience among themselves even after the training. The participants were encouraged to take advantage of other training opportunities related with their businesses and NAFFIRI pledged to keep supporting them where possible.