The Fish Are Gone

There are no wild fish left in Lake Victoria. At least 1.5 million people in Uganda in the fishing industry, from fishermen to retailers have lost their jobs meanwhile the demand for fish exceeds 500 million tons per year, but the need goes unmet. The lack of fish has accelerated child labor, early marriages, school dropouts, etc., empowering a vicious cycle of chronic poverty.

Over-fishing, water pollution and illegal fishing practices like fish poisoning have created this problem. Invasion of water hyacinth has only exacerbated the problem.

Replacing the Lost Fish

The Ugandan government’s reaction has been to crack down on illegal fishing, burning nets and jailing fishermen,well we at Geossy believe that the best way of addressing the lack of wild fish is through fish farming, innovating with low cost, efficient techniques that can be implemented in Eastern Uganda at a scale to meet the demand.

We grow tilapia in floating fish cages. The cages are constructed from bamboo, eucalyptus and aluminuium tubes available locally. The nets are made from Polypropylene ethylene ropes (PPE) by the same craftsmen who used to make fishing nets for hunting fish.

The Problem

Eastern Uganda is one of the most hit regions with malnutrition in Uganda with 6 in 10 Children and 4 in 10 women suffering from severe or moderate malnutrition, 60% of the population in abject poverty and 80% unemployed.

With 28% of its land being wetlands yet there is no fish with high demand, it's the simplest option to fight malnutrition and poverty. Fish farming, the only option to increase access of fish to the market has a challenge of quality feeds, fingerlings, few experts etc., this all makes it more difficult for fish farmers to succeed.

Geossy solves the problem of poor quality expensive fish farming inputs, fish farmers’ lack of fish farming skills, malnutrition and poverty in fishing communities through cage fish farming, skills transfer, fish feed and fingerlings supply all aimed at increasing access of fish to the market indirectly employing thousands.

Cause of the Problem

Lack of dedicated organizations to fully skill farmers and provide 24/7 low cost services with locally adoptable and sustainable technology.

Increased fishing pressure, water pollution and illegal fishing practices like fish poisoning, bad fishing gear have contributed to a decrease in fish stocks from our water resources; thus a threat of food insecurity, poverty and unemployment as some fish processing industries have been forced to close.

The government of Uganda is concentrating its efforts on law enforcement and gazetting no fishing zones yet the fishing communities entirely depend of fishing as a source of livelihood, therefore there is need to carry out fish farming to boost the supply.

Our Solution

Geossy supplies quality low cost fish feeds and fingerlings to fish farmers across Uganda with concentration in Eastern Uganda and parts of Western Kenya.

We skill fish farmers in all fishing communities with Beach Management Units. To-date we have trained 1,651 community members in Majanji, Masese, Okokorio, Rhino Camp, Rigbo, Omatenga, Laropi, Lugala among others, these groups started cage fish farming and we supply them with fingerlings and feeds.

Tilapia performance in cages is absolute and up to a max of 312 fish can be reared per cubic meter in a cage, considering a cage of 125m3, 2.3 ton of fish can be produced. Such cages can be made using locally low cost materials with simple innovations that is replicable; therefore, cage fish farming is the immediate solution to bridge the gap between demand and supply of fish in Uganda.

Our Innovations

Cages:

Affordable, easy to manage fish cages with a production capacity of upto 312 fish per cubic meter made using bamboo, eucalyptus and low cost metal This approach is based on simple, cheap, replicable,communally acceptable and sustainable technology in the fishing communities. Geossy Ltd is currently engaged in cage fish farming in Majanji Landing site in Busia District. Geossy innovated low cost bamboo, eucalyptus poles and metal cages with replicable technology rearing 312 fish maximum per cubic meter compared to 3 fish maximum per cubic meter in ponds.

Fish Feed Production:

We produce starter fish feeds, We Innovated the first ever cheapest fish feed machine in Uganda ,It’s run by a single phase electric motor or a farm diesel, with this we are able to produce quality fish feeds at USD 0.5 and selling at USD 0.8 per kg to farmers, enabling them to spend less on feed and earn more profits.

Fish Hatchery:

We produce quality tilapia, catfish and mirrorcarp. Currently our production is 500,000 fry per year. We hope to scale up the production to 2million fry by building a new hatchery. The modern hatchery will be situtated on a 9 acre land in

Free skills to youths and Women in fishing communities:

Skills transfer on fish farming and management skills to fishing communities to start cage fish farming to-date we have skilled 1,651 and support women and youth groups vending fish.