Feasibility Analysis for a Commercial Tilapia Cage Culture Project on Lake Victoria (Uganda)

The significant potential for fish farming in Uganda in revealed.


Jinja, Uganda


Aquaculture Site Search & Site Analysis, Water & Soil Quality Analyses, Feasibility Studies, Financial Feasibility Analysis for Aquaculture, Environmental Impact Studies, Aquaculture Business Plan Development, Seafood Markets Research & Development


Tom Frese
2004 - 2006


AquaSol, Inc. performed services under contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Chemonics Corporation, and a local Ugandan investor to deliver an in-depth feasibility study for a proposed large-scale commercial Tilapia cage culture project in Lake Victoria. Key components of the study included an exhaustives search of Lake Victoria for sites suitable for commercial cage culture of Tilapias, site search for suitable land-based locations for fish hatchery development, aquaculture site analysis of the highest potential sites, an assessment of both traditional and fish farming infrastructure in Uganda, an environmental impact study, a social impact study, development of commercial production protocols, delivery of an European Union (EU) seafood market analysis and development of a strategic marketing plan, and delivery of a bankable financial feasibility analysis.  


Subsequent to our efforts, a large-scale commercial Tilapia farming project called Source of the Nile (SON) was developed on a Lake Victoria seashore site near Jinja, Uganda. The industry is growing due in large part to the efforts of SON but investment is still lacking, especially in high quality fish feeds.

We retained AquaSol, Inc. to research and advise us on the potential to establish a commercial fish-farming operation in Uganda. Tom Frese consulted on this assignment over a two-year period and gave us reliable, comprehensive and detailed expert advice. Tom has a considerable depth of technical and commercial knowledge and a high degree of professionalism, and I have no hesitation in recommending him to others.
Samash Nathu - Uganda Crop Industries, Ltd. - Kampala, Uganda