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Fish Industry and Business

The aquaculture sector is highly developed in other parts of the world except in Africa. Different African governments have started to embrace the sector due to its potential to solve unemployment and contribute to the GDP. According to New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), increase in fish farming will help to meet market demand and bridge the gap of underproduction from natural fish stocks due to overfishing. The initiative to make local fish feeds and formulation has stimulated the growth of the fish industry in Uganda.

In Uganda, aquaculture has the potential to alleviate poverty and enhance sustainable development of the rural smallholders, the landless and marginalized groups.This is due to the ready market for the fish locally, regionally and internationally especially from the European Union.

To drive transformative skills, knowledge, technology, innovation, SMEs (Small-Medium Enterprises) and services into the meat industry and in partnerships, continuously improve production, health, employment, community well-being and economic growth.

The specific objectives of this programme are;
To produce graduates with the skills in;fish farm planning, pond design and construction,fish fry and fingerling production,fish feed formulation and feeding,table fish production, fish  products processing, value addition and product packaging, ornamental fish production
To contribute to the development and transformation of the underutilized fish production sector. 
To produce skilled graduates who are job creators in fish and related enterprises.


Program offered:

  • Artisan skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills diploma

Minimum Programme Duration: Two years for ordinary certificates and two years for diplomas.

Target group: Those interested in building attractive industrial, business, professional and service careers associated with the eleven programs highlighted above.

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • For artisan skills development certificate, the minimum is a school leaver with a good grade.
  • For professional skills qualification (ordinary certificate and ordinary diploma), the minimum is an ordinary level certificate.
  • Graduates of tertiary institutions and farmers are encouraged to apply because this program is designed to nurture skills, employment and enterprises for all.
  • O-level certificate entrants will undertake a bridging course when proceeding from diploma to degree level

This programme offers work opportunities as one or more of the following;


  1. Fish pond designers, construction and maintenance
  2. Fish breeding specialist
  3. Feeding and feed technician
  4. Fish processing technician
  5. Fish dressing and packaging technician
  6. Fish quality control
  7. Fish sale person
  8. Water quality control
  9. Fish equipment fabricator  

Further Information
Visit the AFRISA Secretariat in the Veterinary Complex, Makerere University Main Campus.
Call +256-312 514 068 / +256-414-554 685 or send an email to <info@afrisa.org>
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