PESCA support for placement of undergraduate students to work (internship)
With funding from the EU, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), a total of 36 Second Year students under the Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture programme at Makerere University have been supported to undertake training (internship) at various fish farms across the country for a period of 8 months. Internship is an Integral part of a student’s examination process at the University. At the training sites that included Yalelo Fish Farm in Jinja, Kampala Capital City Authority (Ggaba Landing Site), Kigungu Landing Site in Entebbe, Pearl Aquatics-Garuga, ARDC-Kajjansi, SON Fish Farm in Buikwe, Ugachick Poultry Breeders Ltd, and Ssenya Fish Farm in Masaka, the students were expected to get hands on experience for professional career path, obtain an understanding of work ethics, employment demands, responsibilities and opportunities, and attain opportunities to engage and interact with key stakeholders, and potential employers.
Presentation of internship reports
On 27th July 2023, the students presented their internship reports to their supervisors, as well as officials from the EU and MAAIF at a blended workshop held at the Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences, Makerere University.
During the presentations, the students expressed satisfaction about the training, highlighting a number of skills that they acquired. These included; pond management and preparation, fry collection and stocking feed in the hatchery, water quality monitoring, transfer of fish from the hatchery to the lake, sexing Nile Tilapia, fish feeding, grading fry and fingerlings, netting and deployment of nets and record keeping. Other skills acquired included data collection, fish processing technics, value addition, stock assessment technics, feed formulation, sampling and evaluation, quality control, artificial propagation of African catfish, farm management skills, fish identification, fish harvesting, organolytic sensory evaluation of fresh fish, boat operation, pond construction, Hapa installation and management.
The students expressed gratitude to the EU for funding the Project. They appreciated MAAIF for selecting Makerere to conduct the trainings, and the supervisors for supporting the training process. They however expressed concern over the limited time accorded to the training (internship) appealing to the University officials to consider increasing the training period.
The Internship Programme under PESCA is coordinated by Dr Robinson Odong, a Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences. The PESCA training programme at Makerere University is headed by Dr Jackson Efitre from the same Department.
Students supported for internship
|2.||Muntu Mugisha Faraho|
|Kigungu Landing Site|
|Kampala Capital City Authority – Ggaba Landing Site|
|10.||Mugisa Ronald Christopher|
|Source of the Nile Fish Farm (SON) – Buikwe|
|16.||Nambi Sandra Agnes|
|Yalelo Fish Farm|
|23.||Mutai Eddy Nsigiro|
|24.||Isegend George Julius|
|Ssenya Fish Farm – Masaka|
|Ugachick Poultry Breeders Ltd|