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SOUTH SUDANESE REAP FROM FISH BUSINESS IN ARUA

In west nile the main fish market for the imported fish is south Sudanese fish market in Lobida, central division Arua city.

By Rita Acheng

ARUA: The South Sudan fish importation business began with little fish got from the flooding rivers in Jonglei state/South Sudan but with increasing number of demands especially from other countries, the fish business became an import.

Among the countries that import fish from South Sudan is Uganda.

The fish business is run by both refugees and business men who work hand in hand with the locals.

In west nile the main fish market for the imported fish is south Sudanese fish market in Lobida, central division Arua city.

The chairperson South Sudanese fish supply Arua Tony Mathew Machoak says the business started in 2020 using small Noah vehicles which later attracted more people to join the business and increased the demand.

However, the traders face challenges of revenue increment at the border which has risen from 0.3 to 0.6%.

The business has provided employment opportunities to both nationals and refugees

Tony however appeals to URA to consider reducing the taxes on their goods so as the business continues.

Jacob Amol Majak, a south Sudanese trader in Arua city says the relationship between the locals has smoothen their business transactions and appeals to the Ugandan government to reduce taxes.

Akim Ramadhan the acting administrator of the fish segments in Arua city says the business has increased on the local revenue since the city council collects local revenue from the traders and the employment opportunities for both nationals and south Sudanese have been boosted.

The business started as a result of overflow of rivers in Jonglie state which resulted in flooding.

The rivers include the Nile, Akobo, Sobat among others.

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