ZOMBO. The Zombo district fisheries officer, Mr Charles Rama has urged fish farmers in the district to take aqua-business more seriously by forming associations that they can use to access support from both government and partners.

He revealed that there are more than 45 fish farmers in Zombo district with at least 38 stocked ponds spread across the district.

While the fish farming is male-dominated, Rama says there are at least 8 female farmers in the district practising aqua-culture.

The district fisheries officer was addressing fish farmers during a training held at the district headquarters on Thursday.

Rama noted that the major constraints affecting aqua-business in the district include; lack of fish fingerlings for stocking ponds since they have to travel all the way to Kampala and Entebbe to buy them and also lack of artificial feeds for the fish.

He called upon members of the public to embrace fish farming on account of economic benefits and effectiveness in poverty eradication.

Dr Walter Kumakech, the Zombo district production officer asked the farmers to select and specialize in particular agricultural enterprises they are good at instead of dealing in almost everything.

He said fish farming is in line with the government’s effort to promote food security, adding that the district is committed to providing capacity building to the fish farmers in a bid to enhance their income level.

Ms Joyce Ayabutho Angala, a fish farmer from Nyapea sub-county told West Nile Web after the training that she has been empowered to take her fish farming to another level especially in the areas of record keeping.

But she cited the challenge of inadequate extension service due to insufficient staffing.

Meanwhile, Mr Franco Omirambe, a fish farmer from Jupandika West cell in Paidha town council cited theft of fish and vandalism of fishing ponds by ill-minded people as one of the factors affecting aqua-culture.