Bukoba — THE number of Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS) in Kagera Region increased from 232 during 2005 to 289 in 2010, equivalent to 80.3 per cent, Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC) Fabian Massawe has said.
He said that the working capital for the SACCOS also increased from 2.2bn/- during 2005 to 6.3bn/- in 2010. He said the SACCOS also secured loans amounting to 1.4bn/-.
Kagera Region has three viable Cooperative Unions namely Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU), Karagwe District Cooperative Union (KDCU) and Biharamulo Cooperative Union (BCU). Mr Massawe also disclosed that a total of 40.9 million trees were planted during the same period in effort to preserve the environment.
He said that honey harvesting using improved beehives increased from 151,860 hives during 2005 to 212,250 hives during 2010. He said fishing using modern gear increased from 1.077 engines during 2005 to 1,942 engines in 2010.
A total of 286 fishermen were trained on modern fishing techniques. He has called upon Kagera residents to collectively fight the use of banned gear, including fishing using dynamite. Mr Massawe reminded people who engage in fishing activities, to ensure that their vessels were registered and should have business licences.
Pollution and environmental degradation has led to extinction of more than 400 fish species in Lake Victoria over the last four decades. "Fish in Lake Victoria was also being plundered at an alarming rate, a situation that calls for urgent steps to save the resources," he said.
He said various banned fishing gear worth 611.4m/- were destroyed through burning. The destroyed gear included 6,089 gillnets (makila) below six inches, 469 monofilaments (timba), 317 beach seines (kokoro), dagaa nets below eight millimetres and 192,274 metres of ropes.
The Regional Commissioner said that the number of diary cows also increased from 18,200 during 2005 to 19,843 in 2010,while the number of cows which received artificial insemination increased from 4,198 (2005) to 6,222 during 2010. Also, the number of improved bulls increased from 1.300 (2005) to 5,300 during 2010.