Water Governance Institute’s Aquaponics system is helping households generate food and income — and bringing nutritious fish to a region that needs it.

In Hoima, Uganda, fish is hard to come by. Demand for the nutritious meat is high, especially among families with growing children and elderly people in their household. Fish fetch a good price at the market — and fish farming can be a profitable business.

Ms. Proscovia Rujumba recognized the opportunity and set out to farm fish in Hoima. Initially, she didn’t do as well as she’d hoped: The large, outdoor earthen pond she used to breed and grow tilapia and catfish failed to produce enough fish for her to sell.

Water Governance Institute, a Ugandan social enterprise, heard about Proscovia’s struggles though the Hoima Hoimdistrict local government. They suggested she install an innovative tank system called Aquaponics to replace the pond and increase the farm’s production.

Proscovia was skeptical at first — she had never seen fish raised outside of ponds, streams, or lakes. But Henry Bazira, the executive director of Water Governance Institute, and his team persuaded her to give Aquaponics a chance. Soon after, Water Governance Institute set up a unit in her house.

The 1m3 plastic subsistence and small-income generating Aquaponics system offered by Water Governance Institute

WHAT IS THE AQUAPONICS SYSTEM?

The Aquaponics system consists of two parts: A grow-bed where crops grow in a fertile sand-gravel mixture and a tank beneath the grow-bed for the fish (see above). The two parts depend on and complement each other — the fish tank provides water and organic nutrients to the plants in the grow-bed, while the plants clean the water before it returns to the fish tank.

Fish farmers can install the system inside of or next to their homes, saving space and making it easy for people with physical constraints to access and operate. An Aquaponics system saves water too, by recycling water between its two parts.

Mr. Henry Bazira and Ms. Aisha Nalwoga of Water Governance Institute talk to Ms. Proscovia Rujumba (right) an Aquaponics farmer in Hoima District, Uganda.

“We bring fresh fish right into the home,” says Bazira. “The Aquaponics system makes fish farming accessible for anyone who wants to earn an income or who wants to put a healthy and nutritious meal on the dinner table for the family.”

Aisha, a WGI staffer, assists Proscovia in sorting catfish fingerlings for stocking in the Aquaponics unit.

Proscovia prepares to stock fish fingerlings in her Aquaponics unit.

Within three weeks, Proscovia was convinced the system worked. The catfish and plants were growing right before her eyes!

HARD WORK PAYS OFF

By itself, a working system didn’t guarantee success. Proscovia had to learn how to operate and maintain it, and she faced several challenges — especially with the water recycling. When the water didn’t properly move from one part to another, the water quality suffered. A musty smell started emanating from the fish tank, and two of her small fingerling fish died. But Water Governance Institute staff came to her aid, walking her through the maintenance steps and showing her how to prevent future problems.

With support, skills, and determination, Proscovia’s fish farm flourished. She was able to produce one hundred and ninety-seven catfish weighing around 1–1.5 kilograms each, along with produce from the grow-bed. She ate some of the catfish and tomatoes at home and took some to market, earning USD 612 from her work.

Proscovia Rujumba’s Aquaponics unit with flourishing tomato plants. Mparo village, Hoima district.

Soon Proscovia’s neighbors began visiting, excited by the Aquaponics technology and her success. She realized that the system could work for her friends and neighbors too.

SPREADING THE WORD

Proscovia is now a successful fish farmer and a local promoter of the Aquaponics system, sharing her success and answering familiar, skeptical questions about whether this system really works. She even spoke about her experience on a local FM radio station, telling people throughout the region why they should try Aquaponics.

Water Governance Institute learned from Proscovia’s experience as well: They resolved to put greater focus on maintenance training during the system installation. That training will empower each customer with the knowledge and expertise to keep their system running smoothly — generating food and income for a long time.

Together, Water Governance Institute and small entrepreneurs like Proscovia are giving women and small farmers all over Uganda the ability to feed their families and earn a living by farming nutritious, homegrown fish.

 

Support Water Governance Institute’s work to curb nutrition deficiencies and poverty by sharing this story. To learn more about Aquaponics and our work, contact our office by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

On the 5th-8th of march, WGI went on a field trip to the gold mining areas of Moroto and Nakapiripit districts .This was conducted under the project on “Promoting mining industry compliance to social and environmental safeguards in Uganda” .The main objectives of this trip were;

  • To sensitize relevant authorities on the work of WGI and the project.
  • To collect soil and water samples from gold mining and processing points, including the surrounding environment that will be tested in the laboratory for presence of Mercury, Cyanide, Arsenic, Lead and Aluminium  as indicators of pollution. Recent reports indicate that communities continue to use these hazardous chemicals in gold extraction processes. The results derived from the laboratory tests shall be shared with the relevant authorities at local and central government levels.
  • To understand the dynamics in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector and the impact of mining activities on the livelihoods of local communities on ground.
  • To sensitize relevant stakeholders on the risks of the chemicals used in Gold extraction and ways in which such risks may be mitigated.

 

  1. Integrated water resource management
  2. Irrigation based systems
  3. Aquaculture and hydroponics farming
  4. Rain (flood) water harvesting technologies and skills
  5. Biogas technologies and application
  6. Disaster risk reduction concepts and approaches
  7. Climate change concepts and applications
  8. Quality, supply, sanitation and pollution management
  9. Research methods and project proposal writing skills
  10. Writing impact cases and stories
  11. Facilitating write ships; A tool for capturing development evidence
  12. Accounting packages  (  Tally ,  Quick books,  Sage partner , Sage evolution , Pastel my business , Up-pack ,Safe -50, Pastel express)
  1. Computer packages

Water Governance Institute is pleased to announce the 2016 schedule for the training in the course indicated. These courses help NGOs, individuals and other institutions to improve their practical performance in managing resource of interest. You are invited to participate, and help yourself and your organization to practically offer optimal quality services.

We limit participation in each training session to only 20 participants, in order to allow for sufficient interaction, networking, and hands-on exercises.

The training and workshop schedule for 2016 is as below:

Course Dates

Early registration

deadline
Registration link
Integrated water resource management April 12--, 2016 March 15th 2016  Register
Irrigation based systems June 14--, 2016 May 3, 2016 Register
Aquaculture and hydroponics farming August 23--, 2016 July 5, 2016 Register
Rain (flood) water harvesting technologies and skills September 14--, 2016 August 3, 2016 Register
Biogas technologies and application October 11--, 2016 August 30, 2016 Register
Disaster risk reduction concepts and approaches Nov 15--, 2016 October 4, 2016 Register
Climate change concepts and applications March 18--, 2016 March 10, 2016 Register
Quality, supply, sanitation and pollution management April 12--, 2016 March 15th 2016 Register
Research methods and project proposal writing skills June 14--, 2016 May 3, 2016 register 
Accounting packages May 15--,2016 May 5, 2016  register 
Computer Packages July 4--, 2016 June 20-- 2016  register 
Writing impact cases &stories Nov 6-- 2016 Dec 1-- 2016  register 
Facilitating write shops;A tool for capturing development evidence Nov 6--2016 Dec 1-- 2016  register 

The standard fee for participation is $200 for two weeks training. However 2days workshops in the same programs will go for$100

The course fee includes course materials, lunches, and coffee/tea breaks during workshops.   The course fee does not include accommodations, travel, and local transportation for both programs. Two weeks programs don’t attract course materials, lunches, and coffee/tea breaks for participants. These can be available on order and paid for separately.  Participants should make their own arrangements for these services.

WGI Aquaponics training to commence soon................

WGI TRAINING COURSES/PROGRAM

  1. Integrated water resource management
  2. Irrigation based systems
  3. Aquaculture and hydroponics farming
  4. Rain (flood) water harvesting technologies and skills
  5. Biogas technologies and application
  6. Disaster risk reduction concepts and approaches
  7. Climate change concepts and applications
  8. Quality, supply, sanitation and pollution management
  9. Research methods and project proposal writing skills
  10. Writing impact cases and stories
  11. Facilitating write ships; A tool for capturing development evidence
  12. Accounting packages  (  Tally ,  Quick books,  Sage partner , Sage evolution , Pastel my business , Up-pack ,Safe -50, Pastel express)
  1. Computer packages

Water Governance Institute is pleased to announce the 2016 schedule for the training in the course indicated. These courses help NGOs, individuals and other institutions to improve their practical performance in managing resource of interest. You are invited to participate, and help yourself and your organization to practically offer optimal quality services.

We limit participation in each training session to only 20 participants, in order to allow for sufficient interaction, networking, and hands-on exercises.

The training and workshop schedule for 2016 is as below:

Course Dates

Early registration

deadline
Registration link
Integrated water resource management April 12--, 2016 March 15th 2016  Register
Irrigation based systems June 14--, 2016 May 3, 2016 Register
Aquaculture and hydroponics farming August 23--, 2016 July 5, 2016 Register
Rain (flood) water harvesting technologies and skills September 14--, 2016 August 3, 2016 Register
Biogas technologies and application October 11--, 2016 August 30, 2016 Register
Disaster risk reduction concepts and approaches Nov 15--, 2016 October 4, 2016 Register
Climate change concepts and applications March 18--, 2016 March 10, 2016 Register
Quality, supply, sanitation and pollution management April 12--, 2016 March 15th 2016 Register
Research methods and project proposal writing skills June 14--, 2016 May 3, 2016 register 
Accounting packages May 15--,2016 May 5, 2016  register 
Computer Packages July 4--, 2016 June 20-- 2016  register 
Writing impact cases &stories Nov 6-- 2016 Dec 1-- 2016  register 
Facilitating write shops;A tool for capturing development evidence Nov 6--2016 Dec 1-- 2016  register 

The standard fee for participation is $200 for two weeks training. However 2days workshops in the same programs will go for$100

The course fee includes course materials, lunches, and coffee/tea breaks during workshops.   The course fee does not include accommodations, travel, and local transportation for both programs. Two weeks programs don’t attract course materials, lunches, and coffee/tea breaks for participants. These can be available on order and paid for separately.  Participants should make their own arrangements for these services.

WGI TRAINING COURSES/PROGRAM

  1. Integrated water resource management
  2. Irrigation based systems
  3. Aquaculture and hydroponics farming
  4. Rain (flood) water harvesting technologies and skills
  5. Biogas technologies and application
  6. Disaster risk reduction concepts and approaches
  7. Climate change concepts and applications
  8. Quality, supply, sanitation and pollution management
  9. Research methods and project proposal writing skills
  10. Writing impact cases and stories
  11. Facilitating write ships; A tool for capturing development evidence
  12. Accounting packages  (  Tally ,  Quick books,  Sage partner , Sage evolution , Pastel my business , Up-pack ,Safe -50, Pastel express)
  1. Computer packages

Water Governance Institute is pleased to announce the 2016 schedule for the training in the course indicated. These courses help NGOs, individuals and other institutions to improve their practical performance in managing resource of interest. You are invited to participate, and help yourself and your organization to practically offer optimal quality services.

We limit participation in each training session to only 20 participants, in order to allow for sufficient interaction, networking, and hands-on exercises.

The training and workshop schedule for 2016 is as below:

Course Dates

Early registration

deadline
Registration link
Integrated water resource management April 12--, 2016 March 15th 2016  Register
Irrigation based systems June 14--, 2016 May 3, 2016 Register
Aquaculture and hydroponics farming August 23--, 2016 July 5, 2016 Register
Rain (flood) water harvesting technologies and skills September 14--, 2016 August 3, 2016 Register
Biogas technologies and application October 11--, 2016 August 30, 2016 Register
Disaster risk reduction concepts and approaches Nov 15--, 2016 October 4, 2016 Register
Climate change concepts and applications March 18--, 2016 March 10, 2016 Register
Quality, supply, sanitation and pollution management April 12--, 2016 March 15th 2016 Register
Research methods and project proposal writing skills June 14--, 2016 May 3, 2016 register 
Accounting packages May 15--,2016 May 5, 2016  register 
Computer Packages July 4--, 2016 June 20-- 2016  register 
Writing impact cases &stories Nov 6-- 2016 Dec 1-- 2016  register 
Facilitating write shops;A tool for capturing development evidence Nov 6--2016 Dec 1-- 2016  register 

The standard fee for participation is $200 for two weeks training. However 2days workshops in the same programs will go for$100

The course fee includes course materials, lunches, and coffee/tea breaks during workshops.   The course fee does not include accommodations, travel, and local transportation for both programs. Two weeks programs don’t attract course materials, lunches, and coffee/tea breaks for participants. These can be available on order and paid for separately.  Participants should make their own arrangements for these services.

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