The ministry of Agriculture revealed its plan to increase fish production from fish cages and ponds to 60% and 40% from rivers and lakes by 2012.
This as representatives from 11 fisheries meets in 3 days workshop to exchange ideas on monitoring and evaluating fishing projects in Africa.
“Rwanda will gain knowledge from fisheries administrators in the region to improve fishing farming in cages to achieve its target of producing 60% of fish production by 2020 from aquaculture” Dr. Theogene Rutagwenda, the director general animal resources in the ministry of agriculture says.
He added that the reason Rwanda is focusing on fish farming in cages and ponds, it’s because other countries in the EAC produce large quantity of fish due to wide waters of Lake Victoria and the depth of Lake Tanganyika.
The workshop will give Rwanda a great opportunity to learn from the experience of other countries within the region which have made significant strides.
Rwanda is currently producing 107,000 tons annually and plans to produce 112,000 tons by 2020 due to already government established fish projects across the country.
Participants in the 3rd Regional Programme Monitoring Workshop and Training in Monitoring and Evaluation came from the 11 Fisheries Administrations (FAs) involved in project implementation from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Rwanda is receiving support from the Programme alongside other countries of the region through a number of projects for its fisheries and aquaculture sector management and development
Over 3.3€ million have been allocated to implement 31 national and regional fisheries and aquaculture projects in the Eastern Africa Region. To date, 13 of these projects are completed, while 3 others are ongoing, and the remaining 15 projects are at various levels of development.