Credit: Stella Nabayunga Walugembe (Uganda)
Early in 2012, a joint Uganda – China 3-year pilot project on cage farming in Lake Victoria has launched. The fish cage demonstration shown in the inserted picture is located in Lake Victoria, Jinja and is affiliated and managed by The National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI).
The management of cages adopts the “Low Volume High density-LVHD system” in which 400 fingerlings/m2 of all-male Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus are stocked in cages of 2x2x2 cubic meters.
Caged tilapia are fed on floating pelleted feed throughout the grow-out season till harvesting whereas the average harvest size ranges from 400-500 g.
In order to encourage the development of cage culture in Uganda, NaFIRRI has offered free training for those interested in cage farming.