The farm is involved in fish farming of tilapia, catfish and crayfish using artistically designed fish ponds that are surrounded by leisure gardens. The idea of artistically designed fish bonds came to our mind in order to make fish farming an appealing activity to most people. The ponds are surrounded by beautiful leisure gardens.
We have faced the following challenges in fish farming activities;
Artistic fish ponds
All the fish experts we approached for advice in designing of artistic fish ponds were unable to help as they felt that artistic ponds will be difficult to fish and manage. We had therefore to design them ourselves with our limited knowledge in design of fish ponds. We also did not have people with competence in developing artistic fish ponds. We trained people as we went along.
Quality fish fingerlings
We thought it would be quite easy to stock the ponds but we were wrong. The supply of quality fingerlings was a bit of a challenge as the right size was not readily available. There was a long queue for fish fingerlings as the supply was limited.
Aquaculture extension support staff
Aquaculture support extension staff were not readily available and therefore we had to visit ponds in Kajjansi and Jinja for acquisition of knowledge in pond fish farming. We were however unable to connect with anyone conducting fish farming in artistically designed ponds.
Quality Fish feed
At the time quality fish feed was not readily available and it was quite expensive when we finally got it. As time went on we were able to access fish pellet feed. There was a lot of waste when using powder fish feed.
Fish pond management
We also found it difficult to get trusted and experienced people to manage the fish ponds . We had to train our own people somehow.
Security of fish
At one stage we almost abandoned fish farming as we could not secure the fish from water ducks, snakes and human beings. We persisted and over time we were able to overcome the key security challenges. We later learnt the trick of protecting fish in artistic fish ponds from fish eating water ducks.
It is difficult to start fish farming as one has to have the interest and determination as one has to do it with little support from government. We have noted that our interest in fish farming increased over time as we started fish harvesting . The most interesting moment is when we are feeding the fish as we literally see them jumping up and down with food excitement.