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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2020, Vol. 8, Issue 4, Part D

Storage practices for silver cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) at landing sites around Lake Victoria and markets in Kampala, Uganda


Author(s): Mary Namwanje, Julia Kigozi, Ivan M Mukisa, Isaac Omagor and Sloans K Chimatiro

Abstract: Silver cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) is a very important source of protein especially for low income populations. The storage practices of dry silver cyprinid in Uganda are inadequately documented yet they may potentially contribute to post harvest losses and pose human health risks. This study was aimed at describing the storage practices for dry silver cyprinid from four selected landing sites on L. Victoria and five markets in Kampala. The study also assessed the traders’ (n=112) knowledge of safety and quality of silver cyprinid. Data was collected through field surveys which involved use of interviewer administered questionnaires, physical observation and photography. The major storage practices were storage of dry silver cyprinid in closed gunny bags or in the open at ambient temperature (21.3-27.3°C). Most traders (n = 110) stored silver cyprinid for less than 3 months. Storage practices did not follow any standard operating procedures. Quantities stored per trader varied between 6 kg to 50 tonnes in markets and landing sites with a maximum storage capacity of 100 tonnes and 3 tonnes at landing sites and markets, respectively. Major determinants of stored quantities included prevailing demand (67%) at landing sites and available space (36%) in the markets. Traders at landing sites and in markets were generally aware of the need for quality. However, traders at landing sites were more aware about silver cyprinid quality. Some traders (n=10) used Tsunami-100 (active ingredients peroxyacetic acid and hydrogen peroxide) without any guidelines to control insect infestations in their stores. This study highlighted the need for strict stores inspection and training of silver cyprinid dealers on recommended storage practices.

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How to cite this article:
Mary Namwanje, Julia Kigozi, Ivan M Mukisa, Isaac Omagor, Sloans K Chimatiro. Storage practices for silver cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) at landing sites around Lake Victoria and markets in Kampala, Uganda. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2020;8(4):294-300.
International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies