Uniting in the Name of Lake Victoria

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
3 November 2008, at 12:00am

GENERAL - If all goes according to plan, Rwanda and Burundi will next year join the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), a regional institution that coordinates the management of the fisheries resources of the second largest inland lake of Victoria among the Partner States of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

This was revealed by Mr. Dick Nyeko, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the LVFO in an interview with The New Times on Wednesday in Kampala, reports AllAfrica.

Nyeko noted that he had received a communication from the EAC Secretary General, Ambassador Juma Mwapachu on behalf of Rwanda and Burundi requesting to join the organization.

"We need Rwanda and Burundi on board because as catchments of Lake Victoria they also have a role to play regarding its conservation. For instance if there are poor methods of farming on River Kagera, this may lead to silt in Lake Victoria which contributes to declining water levels ,"he told AllAfrica.