Aquaponics opportunity explored at Kisima island in Jinja district
During Eatbeta’s summer 2017 training program, our team got an opportunity to visit a small Island village called Kisima which is located in Lake Victoria, near the source of the River Nile. The major economic activity for this Island village used to be fishing but the government of Uganda stopped the islanders from fishing because they were using illegal fishing nets—which were depleting the fish. Consequently, abject poverty has engulfed the island dwellers and several of them, mostly younger men, decided to seek for employment opportunities elsewhere, oftentimes, leaving behind women and children to fend for themselves.
When the Eatbeta team visited and explored Kisima Island, it was discovered that aquaponics farming can be successfully done there and potentially become the alternative employment for those islanders. Fortunately, water supply is in plenty and, also, some of the islanders are already engaging in some sort of fish farming so aquaponics could be easier for them to adapt. Aquaponics involves raising fish, such as tilapia, in a controlled environment similar to the water tank shown in the picture on the right, and then using the fish waste as an organic fertilizer for the plants. The algae grow naturally in the water, and the fish eat the algae, thus alleviating the need to provide supplemental fish food. This alternative, to traditional farming, could help to increase food production significantly for the Islanders. They would also be able to sell their surplus crops and fish to earn extra income. This idea perfectly resonates with Eatbeta’s overarching mission of transforming rural livelihoods by alleviating unemployment and food shortage.
Join the Aquaponics CAMPAIGN!
Eatbeta is stepping up to play a role in improving the livelihoods of the people of Kisima Island village by introducing aquaponics farming as an alternative to their, now, “defunct” economic activity of fishing. Working in partnership with aquaponics experts—individuals and organizations, Eatbeta is committed to improving the Islanders economic status quo by investing resources in the aquaponics project. The main investment for this project involves a 275-gallon tank, similar to the one shown in the picture below; which costs about $150. We are challenging the families that will benefit from the program, to also participate financially by purchasing and breeding fish fingerings. Our target is to have the aquaponics project fully operational by summer 2018. Once sponsored and established, those aquaponics farms will be used as our training bases for future local aquaponics farms on Kisima Island and probably beyond.
Support the Aquaponics Campaign
Your financial donation towards the aquaponics campaign will be much appreciated.