What Ugandan farmers can learn from German fish breeders

Fish is an important source of protein for millions of people worldwide, yet the world's natural occurrences are unable to meet the rapidly growing demands for fish. Breeding fish using aquaculture may help to protect natural resources and ecosystems while improving food security. 

However, this is only possible if conducted within sustainable technology where environmental, economic, and social aspects must be taken into account equally.

As such, scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany, are conducting research in freshwater fish breeding using aquaculture and aquaponics technology known as Tomato – Fish technology. Already Uganda's scientists at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, jointly with their colleagues at the Aquaculture Research and Development center in Kanajasi, have conducted research using the above technology and deployed it to farmers who are breeding Tilapia and African Catfish across the country. However, there are lessons Uganda's scientists and farmers can learn from the German experience.

IGB is Germany's largest and one of the leading international research centers for freshwater fisheries. The scientists here include hydrologists, biogeochemists, physicists, microbiologists, evolutionary ecologists, fish ecologists, and fisheries biologists conducting research with their colleagues all over the world working under one roof.

Read the complete article at www.monitor.co.ug.

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