By Flavia Ajok
HOIMA: Several groups in Buseruka sub-county in Hoima district who were supported to engage in fish cage farming have demanded the government change the enterprise.
Hoima district production department is supporting over 14 groups under Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project -DRDIP in fish cage farming as an alternative to fighting against poor fishing methods on Lake Albert
However, most of the beneficiaries say that the project of fish cages is not profitable and demanded for the change of the project.
Speaking during the inspection of the project beneficiaries by the Hoima district chairman Kirungi Kadiri, Ogen Baker the Chairperson of Rwentale village says that the decision to invest in fish cages was a waste of money.
He noted that several groups were given 18 million shillings each but during the time of harvesting, most of them made losses adding some harvest one million shillings while others have harvested 500,000 shillings.
‘’Several groups were given 18 million shillings each but during the time of harvesting, most of them made losses adding one million shillings while others harvested 500,000 shillings,’’ said Rwentale.
Fred Bigirwa, the chairman of Kijangi village says that there is a need for the government to allow the beneficiaries to change the enterprise.
He noted that OPM officials and Hoima district officials did not involve the beneficiaries to select enterprises of their choices and there was lack of sensitization about the project.
‘’There is a need for the government to allow the beneficiaries to change the enterprise because OPM officials and Hoima district officials did not involve the beneficiaries to select enterprises of their choices and there was lack of sensitization about the project,’’ said Bigirwa.
Abudurahim Byakagaba, another beneficiary says inadequate funding and late release of funds were some of the major challenges that affected the project adding that the project started in 2020 but some of them received money to procure fish fingerings late last month.
Hoima district chairman Kadiri and Godfrey Komakech the district councillor for Buseruka sub-county blamed the challenge of lack of monitoring and guidance by the technical staff adding that the district has lost over 500 million shillings in the project.
He says that district executive committees will soon hold a meeting to discuss the way forward and get a way of helping the locals.
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