I wonder why there are no large fish farms in Rwanda. With food security becoming a priority in the country, it’s imperative that all sources of food are exploited. Even though Rwanda is not a fish exporter, more fish can be bred to supplement the daily diets of citizens since protein foods are vital for the proper functioning of the mind and body.
Even with the few fresh water lakes, rivers and swamps, Rwandans can at least try to preserve these ecosystems and prevent further degradation due to the pressure for farming land. Instead of fishing them dry, they can build water ponds in their backyards to breed fish.
By introducing fish farms, more people can indulge in an income generating activity that will make people healthy while also improving their economic standards. There is no reason why anyone should buy a fish the size of their palm at Rwf2000 in the market yet they could breed their own fish and eat it free of charge.
Starting a fishing farm is as easy as digging a hole in the ground, filling it with water, throwing some young fish in it and feeding them on a daily basis. Within no time these fish will procreate and your pond will be filled with several schools of fish. Consider this for a moment and watch the wonders unravel before your eyes.
Rwandans should stop crying foul about poverty. The options are limitless. Start a fish farm and see if the money won’t come pouring in.
Marie- Chantal Umwiza