· Supervision of field activities and technical back stopping for service providers on technical audits of agricultural activities was carried out.
· Annual and quarterly work plans and reports were developed and submitted to the ministry of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries and other relevant ministries and agencies.
· Made consultative visits to the ministry headquarters and other institutions like research centers (NALIR, bugiZARDI, and naCCRI).
· Conducted monitoring of all field activities.
· Field visits, supervision and monitoring of extension workers in sub counties.
· Conducted assessment of wetlands sustainability for lowland rice production.
· Conducted data collection on food security indicators in selected sub counties.
· Facilitated in conducting in selection of agricultural service providers throughout the district.
· Trained on post harvest handling of crop produce particularly rice, and maize particularly in busakira and kigandalo.
· Trained rice and banana farmers in agronomy and water management of crop based on their site conditions in kityerera and baitambogwe sub counties.
· Mentored some service providers on how to conduct inspection of crop supplies/deliveries especially in baitambogwe, bukatube, busakira and bukabooli sub counties.
· Also conducted inspections and certifications of supplies under agricultural programs i.e. OWC namely seeds and vegetable planting materials, farm equipment (especially hoes), fertilizers, pesticides, and spray pumps in all sub counties.
· Sensitized communities on pests and disease control particularly cassava brown steak disease and ACMD, gnuts rosette and banana wilts.
Livestock sub sector
· Carried out prophylactic treatment of cattle against nagana, in high prevalence areas of kityerera, busakira and bukatube sub counties. A total of 6,427 heads of cattle were treated.
· Carried out sensitization of farmers in control of tricks and other vectors, also demonstrated pour on chemicals for tricks and tsetse fly control, a total of thirty two thousand and thirteen(32,313) heads of cattle were covered.
• Carried out surveillance, quality control, regulation and enforcement of veterinary laws and regulations.
• Sensitized farmers on vaccinated against new castle disease and other poultry diseases.
• Vaccinated pets against rabies in the sub counties; malongo, kityerera, imanyiro, bukatube, baitambogwe, buwaaya, and mpungwe, a total of 727 pets were vaccinated.
• Mobilized livestock traders on good trading practices including licensing
• Supervised and monitored service providers in all sub counties.
Entomology sub sector
• Sensitized and trained communities on the problem of tsetse flies and their control in all sub counties.
• Impregnated tsetse fly nets for deployment throughout the district.
• Deployed 300 tsetse fly traps in the sub counties of busakira, mpungwe, and wairasa.
Vermin control sub sector
• Sensitized communities about destructive vermin in all areas around lake shores, with crocodile menance, busuuyi, bukasero, waigala and the islands.
• Hunted and controlled dangerous crocodiles.
• Four crodiles were trapped and relocated to Murchison falls national park.
• Monitored and followed up different field operations and reports from the communities.
• Visited the islands of jagusi Sub County for a period of one week to find out the extent of crocodile threat to the communities and advised on the control measures.
Mayuge district is endowed with many a natural resource among which is Lake Victoria to the south. The shoreline starts from the boarders of Jinja district up to the boarders of Wakawaka in Bugiri District. The district has seven Islands namely Masolya, Bumba, Serinayabi, Sagitu, Khaaza, Jagusi in Jagusi Sub county and Namugongo in Bukatube sub county.
The fisheries sector if mandated to manage the Lake Victoria resource and oversee all fisheries related activities in the district.
The vision of the Uganda Fisheries Sector is to "ensure sustainable exploitation and culture of the fishery resources at the highest possible levels, thereby maintaining fish availability for both present and future generations with out degrading the environment".
The fisheries sector in the district has the following functions
1. To advise and guide the district council on all matters relating to fisheries and aquaculture.
2. To liaise with the relevant authority and other lead agencies on matters relating to fisheries and aquaculture.
3. To promote, guide and support the establishment and operations of Beach management units and BMU associations
4. To provide technical guidance and collaboration in the collection, analysis, use, storage and transfer of fisheries data and information for planning and management purposes.
5. To provide such information to the relevant authorities as may be required for the purposes of fisheries management
6. To ensure, in collaboration with the beach management units that licenses and permits are issued and that the revenue raised by the BMUs is submitted to the Local government.
There are a total of 33 authorized places gazetted for landing and disposing of fish as per the 2010 Statutory Instrument N0. 33. On each of these landing sites there is a committee of fishers called the beach management committee which is charged with the management of fisheries activities at that site. Find below the list of gazetted fish landing sites.
Beach Management Units (BMUs)
What are BMUs?
Fisheries activities are basically divided into two sections, capture fisheries and aquaculture. The section of capture fisheries is based on hunting wild fish by tens of thousands fishers who compete for the same resource. For many years, the management of the fisheries was based on a command and control approach by the central government. With the coming of decentralization, the state delegated powers the mandate for fisheries management to the local governments. Realizing that the process of decentralization had not sufficiently protected the fisheries resources and the many livelihoods dependant on these resources, the sector leaders thought of a new management approach called co-management. In this approach, it is expected that the communities and government share responsibility in fisheries planning and management. The involvement of local communities is made by fisheries stakeholders joining together to form legally empowered groups known as beach management Units (BMUs). The operations of BMUs are supported by the Fish (Beach Management) Rules No. 35 of 2003.
Achievements so far made since the inception of the district
• Lobbied for the development of two fish landing sites under the African Development Bank. These are Bwondha and Bugoto. Upgrading of Lwanika fish landing site is in the pipeline.
• Lobbied for the construction of fish handling facilities at Namoni fish landing site under IFMP in conjunction with Department of Fisheries Resources. This facility is composed of a 4 stance pit latrine, an office/ administration block and a weighing shade. However, so far, the pit latrine and administration block have been partially completed.
• Four stance pit latrine was constructed at Busabala fish landing site with support from LVFO in collaboration with DFR
• Two Mukene drying racks were raised by the community at Busabala with support from FAO in collaboration with DFR
• Six fish farmers were supported by DFR with seed, feed and nets each.
• Fish cages have been installed at Nakalanga and Walumbe fish landing sites in our efforts to increase fish production through promoting fish farming.
• Construction of a fish weighing shade at Musubi is under way
• We are continuing with the fight against use of illegal fishing gears and methods through monitoring, control and surveillance activities and sensitizations.
• Staffing level is still low compared to the work and area of coverage
• The approach of co-management seems to have failed in the area of fisheries management. The BMU committees which are suppose to supplement the activities of the fisheries officers are instead using the office to promote the use of illegal fishing gears and methods by either involving in the vice or protecting those who are involved in the vice. The method of putting these committees in place through elections is not the best. What happens is that only the one who is able to promote the vice is elected especially in landing sites were the vice dominates.
• The monofilament gillnets have been cited as being the most disastrous of all fishing gears. Unfortunately, of recent, the fishing method has gained popularity.
• The increase in number of illegal landing sites along the shoreline especially in the forest reserves. They have been identified as escape routes for robbers and routes through which illegal gears and immature fish are smuggled on motorcycles to the market and to Kenya. These areas are a security threat both to the enforcers of the fisheries law and the district at large. A un estimated amount of money which would have otherwise been obtained as revenue to the local government is lost through landing and smuggling of fish at these landing sites. I therefore call upon the district local council to get interested in this issue. These areas include: Kampala, Kapaluko, Nairobi, Ndhuwa, Walujo, Bwagu, Bukoma, Bwembe, Kafirimbi, Kitogo, Makooma, and Lwazi, just to mention a few.