By Our Reporter
BULIISA: Fishermen have been given 18 days ultimatum to get registered with the government.
In a letter from ministry of agriculture, animal industries and fisheries to Chief Administrative Officers of districts situated around water bodies across the country, signed by the acting director fisheries, Joyce Ikwaput Nyeko, the fishermen have until April 30 to get registered.
After the registration process, government will launch operations against those engaged in fishing illegally.
Ikwakut said since November 2021 to March 2022, the ministry of agriculture fisheries and animal industry had been conducting training for district fisheries officers in districts surrounding Lake Victoria and Kyoga on registration of fishermen.
Ikwakut directed the fisheries officers to ensure all fishermen get registered before the 30 April when deadline elapses.
However, Amolatar district fisheries officer expressed fear that the 18 days given for registration is not enough for all fishermen to get registered, adding that they will engage the ministry to extend the deadline for registration.
Government wants all fishermen, boat owners, fish vendors, fish smokers, fishing net producers, and vehicles that transport fish to get registered at a fee to contribute to the country’s economic growth.
In Lango the affected districts are; Dokolo, Kwania, Amolatar and Apac, that lie around Lake Kyoga and Kwani.
In Bunyoro the affected districts are; Buliisa, Hoima, Kagadi and others along Lake Albert.
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