Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2018 at 09:38

Nine research projects funded to improve seed systems in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.

The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.

Aim of the research projects

The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the seed sector may

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 23 October 2018 at 07:02

Fish export prices drop:

Imports from other countries have overtaken Uganda’s fish exports into Europe- a scenario that industry players say could explain the price drop.

This state of affairs which is distressing players has seen the price of a kilogramme exported drop to $3.5 (Shs13, 300) down from $4.7 (Shs17, 860) it sold around the same time last year, thus indicating a 34 percent fall. This, according to players, has been worsened by stiff competition from Europe’s indigenous fish and imports from other countries such as China.

Europe is Uganda’s leading fish export market destination commanding over 80 per cent of the country’s product.

Sharing their ordeal with Prosper Magazine, Mr Sujal Goswami, the chairperson, Uganda Fish Processers and Exporters Association, said: “The prices have been going down yet we cannot stop production but continue to sustain the market at a loss.”

He said the demand is low and the European indigenous species is affecting Uganda’s fish whic

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 October 2018 at 07:06

10 Amazing Fish Farming Facts That You Should Know!

Fish farming and aquaponics are gaining popularity rapidly because of the increasing demands of protein and health benefits of fish. If we depend on wild fish alone, most of our fish will be gone by the year 2050 if we don’t start aquaponic fishing. But many of us don’t know some of the facts about fish farming or fish farmers. In case you don’t have an idea of how a fish farmer works, here are some facts about fish farming given below.

Fact #1: Fish is a major source of protein for over one billion people around the world, especially in the developing countries. In America, the awareness of protein from fish consumption and other health benefits from fish and fish farming is rapidly growing, making fish farming a profitable business.

Fact #2: Over 70% of the world’s wild fish stock has been exploited or depleted due to over fishing, and therefore, fish farming or aquacultured fish has become a necessity, which is quickly stepping up

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Grace Li Qualified Fish Feed Extruders and Feed Production Line by Expert Manufacturer

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Grace Li, thank you very much for sharing with us that useful link.!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 September 2018 at 09:52

hey all

Can i see some fish farmers and lovers

if you are there, am here to give you knowledge about fish farming

Gloria Kyomugisha Hello Ronald, we eagerly await your knowledge and information on fish farming.

3 months 3 weeks ago

julius aine is there any conference in dakar senegal nextmonth and america

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 May 2018 at 07:05

Consultancy Services to Support the Legislative Review and Preparation of Regulations (Draft) for Aquaculture Management and Development in Kenya - deadline 8th June 2018

Rationale for the Consultancy

Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Institutional reforms are essential for the establishment of environmental, social and economically sustainable fisheries and aquaculture management and development in Kenya. Aquaculture has experienced a growing trend and is increasingly being recognized for its economic benefits in Kenya. While small-scale fish production has been constant over the past years, aquaculture has emerged as a productive alternative by generating income and employment, and providing food security. The government in its effort to boost fish farming nationwide provided support to the aquaculture sub-sector through its Economic Stimulus Program.

This notwithstanding, Kenya’s aquaculture potential is under-utilized and poorly regulated.

Additionally the coordination and linkages between t

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Preliminary results of tilapia growth trials

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  02 March 2018, All Day Event
  Kisumu, LBDA farm KIBOS

Would you like to know why some fish are below 100g while others are 300g after seven months?

Come and have all your questions answered during the farmer field days for the recently concluded feed versus strain experiment where the preliminary results will be released.

When and where?

• 27th February 2018 in Karatina University, main campus.

• 2nd March 2018 in LBDA Kibos Fish Farm, Kisumu.


Preliminary results of tilapia growth trials in Kenya

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  27 February 2018, 09:00-16:00
  Karatina University, Main Campus

Would you like to know why some fish are below 100g while others are 300g after seven months?

Come and have all your questions answered during the farmer field days for the recently concluded feed versus strain experiment where the preliminary results will be released.

When and where?

• 27th February 2018 in Karatina University, main campus.

• 2nd March 2018 in LBDA Kibos Fish Farm, Kisumu.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 January 2018 at 03:36

Innovative pitches during 1st edition Business Drinks of 2018!

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) are organizing bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity for members and partners of the organizers to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences. Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.

For the first Business Drinks of 2018, over 65 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches. The program started by introducing the new AgriProFocus Ethiopia Team and a brief explanation about ENTAG by Auke Boere, Interim Deputy-Manager.

Extended Pitch

Our guest for the event was Mr. Addis Teshome, IFDC Ethiopia Country Representative, Agribusiness portfolio leader & Industry team leader. The 2SCALE program (Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 January 2018 at 10:00

At the end of 2017, Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) had important platform meeting under the four agricultural sub-sectors: Spices, poultry, aquaculture, and legumes.

Please find the following newsletter to read highlights about their meetings and to find relevant information.

Download here: 5th platform meetings-Newsletter-ENTAG

If you want more info on ENTAG, visit

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 December 2017 at 02:19

The Scaling Scan

The Scaling Scan is a tool to help you to analyze, reflect on, and sharpen your scaling ambition and approach.

This scan was presented and discussed during a seminar hosted by PPPLab on 30 November 2017 in the Netherlands. The notes of the presentations and discussion are presented below.

Introduction - Jan Ubels and Floortje Jacobs (SNV)

Scaling is needed for a variety of reasons: reaching more people, higher efficiencies, achieving system change. A new scan to assess the potential for scaling was developed by PPPLab, and it includes 5 key concepts:

1. Delivery mechanisms. It is about the delivery mechanism(s) for a range of elements that enable the adoption and sustainability of the improved solution or practice (so, not the technical solution only). So it is not what you scale, but how you scale it.

2. Horizontal and vertical scaling. Horizontal : rolling out, replication to as many people as possible. Vertical scaling, is about the other system levels (solution, organization

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 24 July 2017 at 10:35

Fish Farming Seminar

Livestock services will be conducting a seminar on Fish Farming on Saturday 29th July 2017, time 08:00 -12:00 hours.

Registration at the LAB FRONT DESK or call +260 211 254 024/ 254 497/8.

The seminar will be focused on the steps for starting fish farming on a commercial scale.  

Fish farming means ‘raising fish commercially in tanks, ponds or other enclosures for the purpose of producing food’. Commercial fish farming has already established a profitable business venture throughout the world. Fish is a great source of food and protein. The demand and price of fish and fish related products are also increasing rapidly, in accordance with rapid population growth. This is the main reason of increasing this business around the world. Almost all countries around the world are somehow suitable for fish farming business Zambia inclusive. 

 Did you know that Livestock Services Offers free consultation services? - Visit the front desk to find out more about how Li

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 April 2017 at 02:02

Hello, am glad to share with you all. Am a finalist Fisheries And Aquaculture student at Makerere University Kampala Uganda, having land in Kyotera county, Rakai District .The land is nearing a swamp with a permanent water source. Am now looking for a potential and determined aquaculture partner to do business aiming at commercial production of Nile Tilapia and African catfish.Thank you.

PHILLIP KYOBE Uganda being an endowed nation with various aquatic resources, there is a great potential for aquaculture development in the country.I therefore call upon all well wishers to to join the aquaculture world and business.

1 year 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 19 April 2017 at 01:26

Modern Project on Establishment of Fish Feed Production Plant:

The most economic way for fish farmers or feed plants to get high quality fish feed pellets at lower cost is to establish their own fish feed production line with the advanced fish feed machine, processing technology and nutritional formulation.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 April 2017 at 11:04

Job opportunities at GIZ Uganda

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a state owned organisation. We work worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ International Services (InS) is an integral division of GIZ. We offer the experience, the regional and technical know-how of GIZ in the global market and provide international clients with expertise in terms of economic and result-oriented services.

GIZ International Services is going to submit a proposal for the EU-funded project “Promoting Commercial Aquaculture in Uganda”.

The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is as follows: to contribute to a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture sector in Uganda.

The specific objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is as follows: to support the development of a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally-sustainab

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 10 April 2017 at 06:25

Circular economy: a case from Eritrea

Interesting article, for inspiration mainly.

AgriProFocus new strategic plan also includes thematic work on circular economy principles in agriculture. This article can help shaping further thoughts on what the type of interventions would be that could be explored.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 March 2017 at 05:26

Fish farming to be regulated – official

Article by Lominda Afedraru

In a meeting held in Entebbe to discuss the draft policy last week, Dr Drake Rukundo, the lead consultant, talked about the priority areas where the major focus is to support trade and marketing.

According to the World Fisheries and Aquaculture report of 2016, global aquaculture production has increased from 47.3 million tons in the previous years to 73.8 million tons in 2016.

In Uganda, however, despite the huge potential with more than 20 per cent surface area covered by fresh water bodies, availability of native species, locally available feed inputs, suitable climate for fish growth, the production and productivity of aquaculture has remained below the optimum production levels.

There are only 100,000 metric tonnes annually against the desired national target of 300,000 metric tonnes.

The development of aquaculture industry to the national economy is for purposes of contributing to the Gross Domestic Product, improve food and n

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 March 2017 at 11:40

Hear some of the issues women in aquaculture raised concerning making the value chain businesses thrive. The women were brought together by Farm Africa at Tigoi Farm in Vihiga. They are involved in aquaculture one way or another and they celebrated International Women’s Day by sparking conversations about growth and improvement, change and the nature of being bold.

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing this nice video Solomon!

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 September 2016 at 09:23

Farmer's View On How to Boost Fish Farming

Paul Ssekyewa, proprietor of Ssenya Fish Farms in Lwengo District, has been in the business of fish seed production and grow-out fish farming (table fish) for almost 20 years.

For him, it has been a period of observation and learning. The fish farm has been a learning centre, where other farmers and university students have acquired various fish farming skills, which include rice-and-fish production mix.

In addition to his personal experience, Ssekyewa has observed fish farmers in Uganda, and visited others in Egypt, Norway, Kenya, Thailand and China. He recently shared some of his observations and ideas about fish farming with Seeds of Gold.

Exploit the potential

Ssekyewa believes that as a country endowed with many natural water bodies, Uganda has the capacity for massive national fish production. However, little has been done to exploit that potential.

"Globally, over 50 per cent of fish is farmed but in Africa, which has many water

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Jean du christ RUSIGA Keep up the good work

1 year 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 19 September 2016 at 02:01

Lakefarm & Fishing Lodge is an aquaculture company located along the shores of Lake Kariba that operates a fish farm in Mundulundulu Village, Siavonga district, Zambia. The company is engaged in growing Bream fish in grow-out cages on the lake for sale to the public. The company is in the process of establishing one of the largest Tilapia Hatcheries in Zambia.

The Chief Executive Officer is Mr. Chiozya Mwanza who was part of the team that established YALELO LIMITED, ( the largest aquaculture company in Zambia which is based in Kamimbi Village, Siavonga. Mr Mwanza was instrumental in designing and constructing the 60-pond hatchery at Yalelo which is the largest in Africa.

Bream fish, popularly known as tilapia, is one of the most known members of the tropical and subtropical freshwater fishes. It is recommended by the FAO as a culture fish species because of its importance in aquaculture and its capability in contributing to the increased production of animal protein in

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Sombo Kawina Am a first year student at copperbelt university studying aquaculture and fisheries,,its very encouraging to see people embarking on huge projects concerning aquaculture,it's motivating cause many people regard this course to be useless and tell us that there is nowhere we are heading with such a course...Seeing this has also helped push forward so that I can be part and parcel of such huge projctes that will help us as country and as individuals... Thank you lakefarms..

2 years 3 months ago

Claire van der Kleij Thanks for posting this. If you are looking for investment please also keep an eye on our upcoming events where you can meet potential partners or investors.

2 years 3 months ago

Robert Kanzaga Am planning to start fish farming in Geita Tanzania, i have two acres land about 100 meters from Lake Victoria shore...i have registered a company with name  Aquaculture Geita and i am winding up with other legal procedures like the water usage authorization  and environmental assessment report from NEMC. is there a possibility of meeting potential partners o

2 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 August 2016 at 12:11

Hello! I work for BoP Innovation Center and we are recruiting Agribusiness Consultants who will provide business development trainings to aquaculture farmers and fish enterprises in Kenya, as part of the Kenya Market-Led Aquaculture Program (KMAP), led by Farm Africa.

More information about the contract position can be found here.  Perhaps you or someone you know would be interested and qualified?

Dorina Prech Many thanks Trisha, am sharing this in our newsletter and on our social media platforms. Regards,

2 years 5 months ago