A New Technology Turning Rwanda’s Unproductive Lakes Into Fish Money

m_01

Jerôme Musomandera was born and raised in a fishing community on the shores of Lake Kivu, Bwishyura Sector in Karongi district.

His dream was to become an accountant about forty years ago, but his dreams were shuttered after his parents failed to pay school fees beyond secondary school.

He couldn’t figure out any other occupation apart from fishing, which was the main occupation for many people around the lake. Yet, “The fish catch was always small,” says Musomandera.

Until 1990s, fishing was done traditionally, but Musomandera learnt that there were new methods of rearing fish.

“Fish farming was bizarre to us; it was the first time we learnt about fishing ponds. We still ventured in the business,” he said.

During that period, 10 tilapia, Rwanda’s favourite fish, could hardly make a kilogram, and was sold at Rwf20. The main food available was and still is grass, which cannot help fish to grow bigger.

In 2002, the government began engaging Rwandan fishermen to try new techniques and also focus on catching sardine, locally known as isambaza which is the main fish species in the lake.

A sardine weighs barely 50 grams, but is widely consumed and exported to DRC where it is a staple food.

The transformation came with motorised boats where Musomandera and his crew could catch at least 200kgs of sardine per night.

“In 2003, I became the first fisherman to buy a bike, TF 125 and I was called a star in my neighborhood. Since then, we started enjoying fishing even more,” said Musomandera.

Rwandan lakes naturally unproductive?

Wilson Rutaganira, the program coordinator of aquaculture and fishing program at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), says Rwanda has oligotrophic lakes, naturally unproductive.

For fish to grow naturally, they need natural food from phytoplankton- the grass debris and zooplankton-animal debris close to the lake’s surface. “Rwandan Lakes do not have such food, reason why their water is clean,” says Rutaganira.

For example in Lake Kivu, the debris are deep in the water, fish would suffocate if they swam deep into the water.

Jonathan Kayego, production manager of Projet Pêche, a fishing company from Karongi district told KT Press, “we have just caught 500kgs of sardine and no single kilogram of tilapia.”

He said the Methane gas popping out from the lake does not allow tilapia to grow. Only sardine can survive in the deep water where they feed from natural food.

With 26,752 tons of fish harvested per year, fish contribution to the country’s GDP is 0.5%.

Lake Kivu, about 2,700 square kilometers, produces 80% of this harvest and mostly sardine and a few tilapia. On average, a single tilapia fish in Lake Kivu measures not more than 500gm.

Women dry sardine from Lake Kivu as they prepare to export to DRC
Women dry sardine from Lake Kivu as they prepare to export to DRC

This creates a gap in fish supply on the market. Rutaganira says Rwanda imports approximately 20,000 tons of fresh and smoked fish from Uganda and Tanzania to fill the gap. Some other frozen fish is imported from as far as China.

A Rwandan consumes 2.5 kilograms of fish per year, according to the Rwanda Institute of Statistics, compared to 4 kg and 6 kg in Burundi and Uganda respectively.

Egypt which depends on foreign countries’ water, every citizen consumes on average 10 kg per annum. Rwanda, like most African countries, need more fish intake for protein. The World Health Organization recommends 14.9 kg per capita annually.

To bridge this gap, Rwanda is just abandoning the fish ponds system, because they require use of wetlands that are on high demand for agriculture.

Traditional fishing on lakes is also dying out.

The country is embracing a new technology of floating cages, whereby fish are enclosed in cages on different lakes.

It is now widely applied on Lake Kivu and is being taken to other lakes such as Muhazi in the Eastern Province.

Floating cages allow farmers to create a condition of feeding fish from industrial floating feeds. This intends to make Rwandan lakes livable for tilapia.

“We want to maximize our lakes’ capacity to produce a million ton of fish annually, five years from now,” Rutaganira told KT Press.

Getting started

Under the new methods of fish rearing, a farmer needs to have a hatchery, a food processing plant and a fish farming concession where to place the cages.

Musomandera has got it all. At his Kibuye village, he owns two fishing ponds, where he installed a hatchery. In the ponds, 50 young female fish and 25 male fish are grouped in five net cages.

On the shore, he mounted a food processing plant that processes and blends rice, oil fish, silver fish, maize, cassava flour and other ingredients.

Every cage is fed with estimated 2 kg of the blended food per day. The feeds which smell like fish are quite nutritious and help fish to produce eggs 25 days later, and to sustain its 3 month reproduction cycle. Fish produces 10% of their weigh every cycle.

Floating cages
Floating cages
Selling Lake Kivu, the way out 
Baby fish, technically called fingerling, spend three months in the incubator, before being transported to the Lake’s floating cages through a cold container supported with oxygen cylinder.

Musomandera is part of pioneers in this technology. Since the last two years, he has acquired over 30 cages of eight and 25 cubic meters respectively at an estimated Rwf400, 000 each.

He placed them in part of his 3.5 hectare fish farming concession on Lake Kivu. “Acquiring fish farming concession is much easier than obtaining a piece of land,” says Musomandera.

All it takes is to go to your favourite lake and choose your convenient place. Then you apply for a 10 year concession from the Ministry of Natural Resources, upon payment of Rwf35,000 and technical advice from Rwanda Agriculture Board.

The main requirement, says Rutaganira, is to stay away from others’ territory on the lake. A cage can accommodate between 2000 to 5000 finger rings of 10grams each. They can weigh about 500grams each six months later. A kilogram of fish is sold at Rwf2500.

The government is currently encouraging investors to embrace the floating cage technology. Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) has allocated Rwf3 billion to finance private initiatives in this sector.

However, Rutaganira still needs more. He told KT Press, if they had Rwf5 billion now, they could produce 130,000 tons annually with ease.

Farmers like Musomandera are ready to make this happen. “We can bring fish imports to zero in a couple of years.”

A New Technology Turning Rwanda’s Unproductive Lakes Into Fish Money
Sardine is deep-fried for preservation, especially for local market



Leave a Comment

adana escort adapazarı escort adıyaman escort afşin escort afyon escort ağrı escort ahlat escort akçaabat escort akçakale escort akçakoca escort akdeniz escort akhisar escort aksaray escort akşehir escort aksu escort akyazı escort alanya escort alaşehir escort aliağa escort altıeylül escort altınordu escort amasya escort anamur escort ankara escort antakya escort antalya escort araklı escort ardahan escort ardeşen escort arnavutköy escort atakum escort avanos escort avcılar escort aydın escort ayvacık escort ayvalık escort aziziye escort babaeski escort bafra escort bağcılar escort bağlar escort balıkesir escort bandırma escort bartın escort batıkent escort batman escort battalgazi escort bayburt escort belek escort besni escort beylikdüzü escort beyşehir escort biga escort bilecik escort bingöl escort birecik escort bismil escort bitlis escort bodrum escort bolu escort bor escort bornova escort boyabat escort bozüyük escort buca escort bucak escort bulancak escort bulanık escort bünyan escort burdur escort bursa escort çan escort çanakkale escort canik escort çankaya escort çankırı escort çarşamba escort çayeli escort çekmeköy escort çerkeş escort çerkezköy escort çeşme escort ceyhan escort çivril escort çorlu escort çorum escort çubuk escort çukurova escort çumra escort dalaman escort darıca escort datça escort davutlar escort defne escort denizli escort derince escort develi escort didim escort digor escort dinar escort diyadin escort diyarbakır escort doğanşehir escort doğubayazıt escort dörtyol escort dulkadiroğlu escort düzce escort edirne escort edremit escort efeler escort elazığ escort elbistan escort emirdağ escort erbaa escort erdemli escort ereğli escort erenler escort ergani escort ergene escort erzincan escort erzurum escort escort esenler escort eskil escort eskişehir escort espiye escort eyyübiye escort fatih escort fatsa escort fethiye escort finike escort fındıklı escort gaziantep escort gaziemir escort gebze escort gediz escort gelibolu escort gemerek escort gemlik escort gerede escort giresun escort gölbaşı escort gölcük escort görele escort görükle escort göynük escort gümbet escort gümüşhane escort güngören escort güroymak escort gürsu escort hakkari escort haliliye escort hatay escort haymana escort horasan escort iğdır escort ilgaz escort i̇lkadım escort i̇negöl escort i̇skenderun escort isparta escort i̇stanbul escort i̇zmir escort i̇zmit escort i̇znik escort kadirli escort kadıköy escort kağıthane escort kağızman escort kahta escort kaman escort kangal escort kapaklı escort karabük escort karacabey escort karahayıt escort karaköprü escort karaman escort karatay escort karesi escort kars escort karşıyaka escort kartal escort kaş escort kastamonu escort kaynaşlı escort kayseri escort keçiören escort kemer escort kepez escort keşan escort keskin escort kestel escort kilis escort kırıkhan escort kırıkkale escort kırkağaç escort kırklareli escort kırşehir escort kızıltepe escort kocaeli escort kocasinan escort konak escort konya escort konyaaltı escort körfez escort korkuteli escort köyceğiz escort kozan escort kumluca escort kumru escort kuşadası escort kütahya escort lara escort lüleburgaz escort malatya escort malazgirt escort malkara escort maltepe escort mamak escort manavgat escort manisa escort maraş escort mardin escort marmaris escort melikgazi escort menemen escort menteşe escort meram escort mersin escort merzifon escort mezitli escort milas escort mucur escort mudanya escort mudurnu escort muğla escort muratpaşa escort muş escort mut escort nazilli escort nevşehir escort niğde escort niksar escort nilüfer escort nizip escort nurdağı escort ödemiş escort of escort oltu escort onikişubat escort ordu escort orhangazi escort ortahisar escort ortaköy escort osmancık escort osmangazi escort osmaniye escort palandöken escort pamukkale escort pamukova escort patnos escort payas escort pazar escort pazarcık escort pendik escort polatlı escort rize escort safranbolu escort şahinbey escort sakarya escort salihli escort samandağ escort samsun escort sandıklı escort şanlıurfa escort sapanca escort sarıçam escort sarıkamış escort sarıyer escort şarkışla escort şehitkamil escort selçuklu escort selim escort serdivan escort serik escort seyhan escort siirt escort silifke escort simav escort sincan escort sinop escort şişli escort sivas escort siverek escort şırnak escort söğüt escort söke escort soma escort sultangazi escort suluova escort sungurlu escort sur escort suruç escort suşehri escort susurluk escort talas escort tarsus escort taşova escort tavşanlı escort tekirdağ escort terme escort tire escort tirebolu escort tokat escort torbalı escort toroslar escort trabzon escort turgutlu escort turhal escort türkoğlu escort tuzla escort ulus escort ümraniye escort ünye escort ürgüp escort urla escort uşak escort üsküdar escort üzümlü escort van escort varto escort viranşehir escort yahşihan escort yahyalı escort yakutiye escort yalova escort yatağan escort yenişehir escort yeşilyurt escort yıldırım escort yıldızeli escort yomra escort yozgat escort yunusemre escort yüreğir escort zara escort zeytinburnu escort zile escort zonguldak escort Aydın escort muğla escort tekirdağ escort manisa escort balıkesir escort manavgat escort alanya escort fethiye escort didim escort trabzon escort elazığ escort ordu escort kütahya escort ısparta escort rize escort maraş escort yalova escort giresun escort yozgat escort tokat escort şanlıurfa escort sivas escort batman escort erzurum escort sinop escort kırşehir escort karaman escort kırıkkale escort bolu escort amasya escort niğde escort uşak escort edirne escort çorum escort osmaniye escort zonguldak escort van escort erzincan escort söke escort nazilli escort kuşadası escort efeler escort didim escort çine escort bodrum escort fethiye escort marmaris escort dalaman escort menteşe escort milas escort ortaca escort seydikemer escort çerkezköy escort çorlu escort ergene escort kapaklı escort malkara escort süleymanpaşa escort akhisar escort alaşehir escort salihli escort şehzadeler escort soma escort turgutlu escort yunusemre escort bandırma escort altıeylül escort ayvalık escort bigadiç escort burhaniye escort gönen escort karesi escort susurluk escort ayvacık escort biga escort çan escort gelibolu escort yenice escort akçaabat escort araklı escort of escort ortahisar escort yomra escort karakoçan escort kovancılar escort altınordu escort fatsa escort perşembe escort ünye escort tavşanlı escort simav escort domaniç escort eğirdir escort yalvaç escort ardeşen escort cayeli escort fındıklı escort pazar escort afşin escort dulkadiroğlu escort Elbistan escort onikişubat escort pazarcık escort türkoğlu escort altınova escort çiftlikköy escort çınarcık escort bulancak escort espiye escort eynesil escort görele escort piraziz escort tirebolu escort yağlıdere escort sorgun escort sarıkaya escort çayıralan escort boğazlıyan escort akdağmadeni escort erbaa escort niksar escort turhal escort zile escort viranşehir escort suruç escort siverek escort karaköprü escort haliliye escort eyyübiye escort akçakale escort zara escort Yıldızeli escort suşehri escort şarkışla escort gemerek escort kozluk escort sason escort aziziye escort horasan escort oltu escort palandöken escort yakutiye escort ayancık escort boyabat escort gerze escort kaman escort mucur escort ermenek escort sarıveliler escort keskin escort yahşihan escort gerede escort göynük escort mengen escort mudurnu escort göynücek escort gümüşhacıköy escort merzifon escort suluova escort taşova escort bor escort çamardı escort ulukışla escort banaz escort eşme escort sivaslı escort havsa escort ipsala escort keşan escort osmancık escort sungurlu escort bahçe escort hasanbeyli escort kadirli escort toprakkale escort alaplı escort çaycuma escort ereğli escort kilimli escort başkale escort ipekyolu escort özalp escort tuşba escort kemah escort refahiye escort tercan escort üzümlü escort http://www.ddtshanghaiescort.com Antalya escort Bursa escort Mersin escort Aydın escort Balıkesir escort Çanakkale escort Kıbrıs escort Kütahya escort Manisa escort Muğla escort Tekirdağ escort Trabzon escort Yalova escort Isparta escort Maraş escort Ordu escort Rize escort Sivas escort Afyon escort Aksaray escort Giresun escort Şanlıurfa escort Yozgat escort Erzurum escort Amasya escort Çorum escort Tokat escort Uşak escort Van escort Bolu escort Burdur escort Kırşehir escort Niğde escort Osmaniye escort Zonguldak escort Düzce escort Edirne escort Erzincan escort Karabük escort Karaman escort Kastamonu escort Kırıkkale escort Kırklareli escort manavgat escort alanya escort belek escort aksu escort finike escort gazipaşa escort güllük escort kaş escort kemer escort kepez escort konyaaltı escort korkuteli escort kumluca escort lara escort muratpaşa escort serik escort gemlik escort gürsu escort inegöl escort iznik escort mudanya escort nilüfer escort orhangazi escort osmangazi escort yıldırım escort kuşadası escort didim escort nazilli escort söke escort efeler escort bandırma escort altıeylül escort edremit escort karesi escort susurluk escort bodrum escort gümbet escort turgutreis escort dalaman escort fethiye escort köyceğiz escort marmaris escort çerkezköy escort çorlu escort kapaklı escort süleymanpaşa escort meram escort anamur escort erdemli escort mezitli escort silifke escort tarsus escort akhisar escort salihli escort soma escort turgutlu escort girne escort lefkoşa escort biga escort çan escort gelibolu escort dinar escort emirdağ escort sandıklı escort merzifon escort suluova escort taşova escort yeşilyurt escort gerede escort mengen escort bucak escort kadirli escort osmancık escort sungurlu escort akçakoca escort ipsala escort keşan escort kilimli escort üzümlü escort aziziye escort palandöken escort yakutiye escort bulancak escort espiye escort tirebolu escort safranbolu escort lüleburgaz escort gediz escort simav escort tavşanlı escort elbistan escort fatsa escort ünye escort ardeşen escort çayeli escort birecik escort eyyübiye escort haliliye escort siverek escort suruç escort viranşehir escort kangal escort şarkışla escort suşehri escort yıldızeli escort erbaa escort niksar escort turhal escort akçaabat escort araklı escort of escort ortahisar escort sorgun escort www.elmasajeinfantil.com istanbul masaj salonu ankara masaj salonu izmir masaj salonu bursa masaj salonu antalya masaj salonu adana masaj salonu konya masaj salonu şanlıurfa masaj salonu gaziantep masaj salonu kocaeli masaj salonu mersin masaj salonu diyarbakır masaj salonu hatay masaj salonu manisa masaj salonu kayseri masaj salonu samsun masaj salonu balıkesir masaj salonu maraş masaj salonu van masaj salonu aydın masaj salonu tekirdağ masaj salonu sakarya masaj salonu denizli masaj salonu muğla masaj salonu bağcılar masaj salonu bahçelievler masaj salonu esenler masaj salonu esenyurt masaj salonu kadıköy masaj salonu kağıthane masaj salonu kartal masaj salonu küçükçekmece masaj salonu maltepe masaj salonu pendik masaj salonu sultangazi masaj salonu ümraniye masaj salonu üsküdar masaj salonu aliağa masaj salonu alsancak masaj salonu bayraklı masaj salonu bornova masaj salonu buca masaj salonu çeşme masaj salonu çiğli masaj salonu gaziemir masaj salonu karşıyaka masaj salonu konak masaj salonu menemen masaj salonu ödemiş masaj salonu torbalı masaj salonu çankaya masaj salonu keçiören masaj salonu mamak masaj salonu polatlı masaj salonu sincan masaj salonu alanya masaj salonu belek masaj salonu kaş masaj salonu kemer masaj salonu korkuteli masaj salonu lara masaj salonu manavgat masaj salonu serik masaj salonu side masaj salonu didim masaj salonu efeler masaj salonu kuşadası masaj salonu nazilli masaj salonu altıeylül masaj salonu bandırma masaj salonu edremit masaj salonu karesi masaj salonu susurluk masaj salonu gemlik masaj salonu gürsu masaj salonu inegöl masaj salonu mudanya masaj salonu nilüfer masaj salonu osmangazi masaj salonu yıldırım masaj salonu biga masaj salonu çan masaj salonu gelibolu masaj salonu adıyaman masaj salonu afyon masaj salonu ağrı masaj salonu aksaray masaj salonu amasya masaj salonu ardahan masaj salonu artvin masaj salonu bartın masaj salonu batman masaj salonu bayburt masaj salonu bilecik masaj salonu bingöl masaj salonu bitlis masaj salonu bolu masaj salonu burdur masaj salonu çanakkale masaj salonu çankırı masaj salonu çorum masaj salonu düzce masaj salonu edirne masaj salonu elazığ masaj salonu erzincan masaj salonu erzurum masaj salonu eskişehir masaj salonu giresun masaj salonu gümüşhane masaj salonu ığdır masaj salonu ısparta masaj salonu karabük masaj salonu karaman masaj salonu kastamonu masaj salonu kilis masaj salonu kırıkkale masaj salonu kırklareli masaj salonu kırşehir masaj salonu uşak masaj salonu kütahya masaj salonu malatya masaj salonu mardin masaj salonu nevşehir masaj salonu niğde masaj salonu ordu masaj salonu trabzon masaj salonu osmaniye masaj salonu rize masaj salonu siirt masaj salonu sinop masaj salonu sivas masaj salonu tokat masaj salonu karahayıt masaj salonu pamukkale masaj salonu nizip masaj salonu şahinbey masaj salonu şehitkamil masaj salonu antakya masaj salonu defne masaj salonu iskenderun masaj salonu darıca masaj salonu gebze masaj salonu gölcük masaj salonu izmit masaj salonu körfez masaj salonu akşehir masaj salonu beyşehir masaj salonu ereğli masaj salonu karatay masaj salonu meram masaj salonu selçuklu masaj salonu akhisar masaj salonu alaşehir masaj salonu soma masaj salonu turgutlu masaj salonu akdeniz masaj salonu anamur masaj salonu erdemli masaj salonu mezitli masaj salonu silifke masaj salonu tarsus masaj salonu toroslar masaj salonu yenişehir masaj salonu bodrum masaj salonu dalaman masaj salonu fethiye masaj salonu köyceğiz masaj salonu marmaris masaj salonu menteşe masaj salonu milas masaj salonu adapazarı masaj salonu serdivan masaj salonu atakum masaj salonu çarşamba masaj salonu ilkadım masaj salonu eyyübiye masaj salonu siverek masaj salonu viranşehir masaj salonu çerkezköy masaj salonu çorlu masaj salonu erbaa masaj salonu