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UCFFA Urges Ministry Action to Address Floating Wetland Threat in Lake Victoria

The Uganda Commercial Fish Farmers Association (UCFFA) has urgently appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries (MAAIF) to take immediate action regarding a significant floating wetland mass within Lake Victoria. In a letter dated Monday, Mr. Dick Lufafa, acting on behalf of the UCFFA president, expressed concern over the presence of the floating wetland observed between Luzira in Kampala and Koome, Mukono District.

The letter emphasized the necessity for swift removal of the mass to prevent potential risks to floating fish cages, navigation, and power generation activities on Lake Victoria. Additionally, the UCFFA’s letter informed other relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, and the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.

This plea comes in response to a similar incident in 2021 when a floating island, estimated to cover at least two acres, obstructed a turbine of the Nalubaale Hydro Power Station in Jinja District, causing widespread power disruptions. The incident highlighted the significant impact such occurrences can have on critical infrastructure and services.

The floating island incident in 2021 was attributed to rising water levels, reaching 13.12m, just below the highest recorded level of 13.46m in 1964. These recurring events underscore the urgent need for proactive measures to mitigate potential consequences on both the environment and socio-economic activities dependent on Lake Victoria.


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