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Title:A note on the diffusion and influence of the out-board motor engine on the fish industry in Uganda
Author:Nyakaana, J.B.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development (ISSN 0251-0405)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:inland fisheries
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Fishery industry
Fishing boats
Abstract:The outboard motor engine is an innovation in the fishing industry, introduced in Uganda in 1954 and first used at Kigungu fish landing on Lake Victoria. This paper analyses the spread of the innovation and its impact on the fishing industry in Uganda between 1954 and 1987. The stages this process followed are related to those identified by T. Haggerstrand (1967) and T.S. Robertson (1971), assuming that the diffusion of the outboard motor took a normal course and was characterized by the distance decay concept. However, it appeared that distance did not influence the date of adoption of the outboard motor engine in Uganda's fishing industry. The important and big landings adopted the innovation first regardless of their distance from the centre of introduction. Next, the relationship between the number of motor-propelled boats and the quantity of fish landed is analysed. It is indicated that the outboard motor has a strong influence on annual fish catch. Bibliogr.