Fish farming started in the early 1950s in Uganda; it remained at subsistence level characterized slow fish growth, and consequently low returns on investment. In 1994 large scale production of good quality formulated sinking and floating pellet fish feeds started and Ugachick is one of the companies that pioneered production of good quality floating fish feeds and thus bolstering the growth of aquaculture industry in the country.

Commercial aquaculture industry cannot be sustained without reliable and good quality fish feed. The feed and management practices determine;

A) Fish growth
B) Reproductive performance
C) Cost of production( estimated to be 40 -07% of the total enterprise cost)
D) Nutrient loading of the culture system
E) Health or disease resistance

With support from scientists, Ugachick started producing sinking pellet feed and later extruded/ floating fish feeds. This was driven by the realization that extrusion improves palatability, digestibility and visibility of fish eating response by the farmer. Ugachick fish feed floats on the water surface without dissolution for 3- 12 hours.

Floating fish feed production
In the bid to guarantee feed quality to farmers’ Ugachick has a laboratory and a fish farming site to do biological and chemical testing of our feed and the raw materials. Ugachick produces extruded floating feed of different sizes to suit the size of the fish from fry, fingerlings, juveniles and grow out.

Challenges of production of quality fish feeds in Uganda

In fish feed production just like in poultry feed production, several challenges are experienced. Access to safe and economical feed ingredients is becoming one of the most important challenges for strengthening the aquaculture industry in Uganda. The required protein sources silver fish (mukene) and soybean are becoming expensive and the price fluctuates widely. In addition to silver fish quality has been significantly tampered with to a level of being declared unsafe for use in feed production. Soybean is increasingly scarce and the export of wheat bi-products pollard has made this important ingredient expensive and scarce. Other challenges include; high power tariffs, high machinery maintenance costs.

Despite of the increasing cost of raw materials, power and maintenance and labour costs; ugachick is concerned about the profit margin, the rate of return on investment and the overall economic benefits of fish farmers.

In the bid to guarantee feed quality to farmers, Ugachick has constructed a laboratory and a fish farming site to do biological and chemical testing of our feed and the raw materials. We therefore assure farmers that Ugachick is together with you in aquaculture business and because of you, we are.