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China To Fund Fish Research Project

UGANDA - The Chinese government is to build what is expected to be the largest Aquaculture Research and Development Centre in Eastern and Central Africa at Kajjansi in Wakiso District of Uganda.

The centre, Demonstration of Aquaculture Research and Development Centre, will be wholly funded by the Chinese government, according to reports in the Daily Monitor.

The head of the Chinese delegation for the signing of the agreement in Entebbe, Mr Wang, said China was offering the funds because China and Uganda needed to help each other as developing countries.

The Commissioner for Fisheries Mr. Dick Nyeko told the Daily Monitor that the Centre is the first of its kind and the biggest in East and Central Africa.

"It's going to be a combined demonstration centre including breeding, farming, feeds manufacturing and nutrition as well as training and administration quarters," he said.

Once completed, the centre is expected to produce about 500,000 tonnes of farmed fish within the next five years.

Mr Nyeko added that the Ugandan Government is also developing three other demonstration centres in different parts of the country - Mbale, Bushenyi, and Gulu at a total cost of Shs2.5 billion.