27 January 2013

Uganda: New Boat Engines Enter Market

Kampala — Long Tail technology a Thailand-based technological company has unveiled their new boat engines on the Ugandan market.

The engine named Long tail Boats gives fishermen and water transport users breathe as compared to the existing engines on the local market.

Speaking at the demonstration site at Kigungu landing site in Entebbe South of Kampala City the Director of Long Tail Boat Technology Development in Africa Mr. Schacht Bruno said with the new boat engine technology it enables the boat to move faster in shallow water without meeting any challenges. He said if many Ugandans embrace this kind of technology; it will improve water transport in the country.

Bruno noted that long tail boats move faster compare to other engines since they come in different horse power dimensions and they are cheaper to use. The long tail boat engine apart from being used for propelling boats it can also be used for many other functions.

"An engine of 10 horse power (HP) is cheap and can be used in many other ways for instance by local farmers to till their land or pump for irrigation to improve their live hoods.

"The 115HP engine can propel a boat holding 20 to 25 people at speed of 60km/h and we believe this will improve accessibility and mobility to various parts of the country using water transport," said Professor Jean -Marc, the mastermind of the new engines.

Uganda's State Minister for Fisheries Ms. Ruth Nankabirwa commended the company for introducing such a good initiative in the country saying it will help to promote development of tourism sector, agriculture and fishing.

She explained that many Uganda national parks are near water bodies like lakes and rivers but transport in those areas is challenging.

"This new technology will make easy movement for the tourist visiting."

"Fisheries industry currently has about 200,000 fishermen but it is projected to increase to about 400,000 fishermen in ten years from now and this technology will help to do so," she said.

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