Agriculture Minister delivers message of commitment to Regional Fisheries Management

On the 4th of October 2018, Hon. Vincent Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries visited the Secretariat of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) in Jinja district.

During his visit, the Minister who was accompanied by Dr. Edward Rukunya the Director for Fisheries Resources delivered a message of commitment to the regional efforts aimed at both protection and development of  fisheries resources in and around Lake Victoria which is shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

The Minister highlighted Uganda’s commitment to agreements made by partner states such as the LVFO Regional Plan of Action for the Management of Fishing Capacity in Lake Victoria which was adopted in 2007 and is currently implemented directly by the same states through the LVFO Institutions at grassroots, local governments, national and regional levels and in collaboration with other stakeholders.

Among the principles agreed on by the member states is the use of consultation, cooperation and co-management for successful implementation of the Action Plan.

The work done by the member states is aimed at protecting and developing fisheries resources of Lake Victoria which has a beach value of over $600 million and contributes $300 million in annual fish export revenues to the economies of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Hon. Sempijja was welcomed a team led by Dr. Shigalla Mahongo the Executive Secretary of the Organisation and His Lordship Majid Batambuze the Mayor of Jinja.

Above: Hon. Vincent Sempijja (4th from left) in a group photograph with Staff and Management of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization. Hon. Sempijja was welcomed by Dr. Shigalla Mahongo the Executive Secretary of the Organisation (2nd from left) and His Lordship Majid Batambuze the Mayor of Jinja (5th from left). The meeting was also attended by Dr. Edward Rukunya the Director for Fisheries Resources ( 5th from right).

The Minister made this official visit as Chairperson of the Organisation’s Council of Ministers.

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About the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) 

The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) is a specialized Institution of the East African Community with the mandate to coordinate the management of the fisheries resources of Lake Victoria for sustainable development and utilization, and to spearhead aquaculture development in the Basin. The Organization was established by a Convention signed on 30 June 1994 by the Republic of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda sharing Lake Victoria. LVFO is registered under Article 102 of the United Nations Charter and recognized as a Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO).

The objectives of the Lake Victoria Fishing Organization (LVFO) are to foster cooperation among the Contracting Parties, harmonize national measures for the sustainable utilization of the living resources of the Lake and to develop and adopt conservation and management measures.

About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

See strategic objectives here.

See Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan here.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).