Fisheries Training Institute celebrates 50 years of quality training

On the 5th of October 2018, the Fisheries Training Institute marked 50 years of existence since it’s inauguration on the 23rd of February 1968, by the late Hon. John Babiiha the then Vice President and the Minister of Animal Husbandry, Game and Fisheries.

The celebrations which were held at the Institute were presided over by Hon. Eng. Hillary Onek the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees who represented H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of Uganda as Chief Guest.

Above (Left to right): Ms Gertrude Abalo the FTI Principal, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and Hon. Eng. Hillary Onek the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees who represented H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of Uganda as Chief Guest.

Hon. Onek was welcomed by Hon. Vincent Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries who was accompanied by Dr. Edward Rukunya the Director for Fisheries Resources and Ms. Gertrude Abalo the Principal of the Institute.

Through the speech that was presented by Hon. Onek, the President congratulated the Institute upon having maintained the quality of training in support of the Fisheries sub-sector.

The President also informed participants of Government’s  plan to construct a Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at the training institute through the Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT) with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) as a means of relieving the challenges and carnage experienced due to poor water transport, supporting capacity building in the water transport sector and creating more jobs.

Above: Hon. Hillary Onek touring exhibition stalls with  Hon. Vincent Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries who was accompanied by Dr. Edward Rukunya the Director for Fisheries Resources and Ms. Beatrice Byarugaba the Director for Agricultural Extension Services.

In his remarks, Hon. Vincent Sempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries also recognised the golden jubilee as a major milestone for the institute and noted that the Ministry will continue to support the operation and growth of FTI.

The Agriculture Minister also noted that Government would maintain the efforts invested in enforcement and regulation of fishing activities following the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and pointed out the support for human resource development for the Fisheries Training Institute which delivered 47 out of out of the 64 approved positions in the financial year 2017/18.

Above: During the celebrations, students of the Institute exhibited models of aquaculture and boat construction along with best practices of aquaculture and fish farming.

Summary of the 50 year journey of the Fisheries Training Institute 

The Fisheries Training Institute was officially opened on the 23rd of February 1968 as a Departmental training institute specifically to train technicians for fisheries and water transport.

It started with a two-year Certificate course in Fisheries Management and Technologies and another as Certificate in Yacht and Boat Building Technology. In 1976, one year Diploma courses in Fish Technology, Fishing Methods and Gear Technology, Aquaculture and Yacht and Boat Building Technology were introduced to upgrade the technical officers who had served for at least two years in the field.

In 1996, the first group of Direct entrant Diploma from A’ Level were enrolled for a 3 year Diploma in Fisheries Management and Technologies. In 2001 with the enactment of the University and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001, FTI legally became a Diploma-offering institution of higher learning up to date.

The Institute has grown from offering two certificates courses one Diploma course to developing additional Certificate in Agriculture, three Diploma courses: Diploma in Aquaculture and Agriculture, Diploma in Marine Vessel Construction and Maintenance and Diploma in Food Processing Technology and quality Assurance.

Since inauguration, the student enrolment steadily grew from only 25 male students to the current 241 male and female students undertaking certificate and diploma courses.  The present record indicates that FTI has since inception trained over 2500 technocrats at Diploma and Certificates levels in fisheries and safe water transport nationally and regionally. Currently, the institute produces about 100 graduates annually

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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).