TAFIRI Sota Sub-Station
We are grateful to welcome you all to TAFIRI Sota substation which is currently located at Kabwana area within suburbs of Shirati town in Rorya District of Mara region. TAFIRI Sota is a solely sub-station of TAFIRI and it is affiliated to TAFIRI Mwanza centre. The station is bordering Kenya in the North, Shirati town in the East, Shirati Bay in the South, and Lake Victoria in the West. It was established in 1988, initially as special centre for Nile perch research project through funding from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada. After the ending of IDRC project, the buildings belonging to Sota station was handled over to the first Director General of TAFIRI, Prof. Phillipo Bwathondi on behalf of TAFIRI administration. The name TAFIRI Sota was adopted to honour the village at which the station is located, which is also called Sota. Though, in the year 2001 office operations was later shifted to the current area at Kabwana following shortage of offices, laboratories, and absence of electricity necessary for day to day activities, yet the name TAFIRI Sota is still in use because soon new office buildings and laboratories will be constructed to Sota area. I am therefore, inviting you all to TAFIRI Sota station to join hands. We believe in influx of visitors to our station with certain that some may bring in new ideas to fast truck development of the station, institute and the nation at large. God bless you all and Cheers!
Most research activities are being conducted in collaboration with research scientists from other TAFIRI centres particularly Mwanza. Research conducted are mostly based on monitoring surveys such as bottom trawl, hyadro acoustic, fish catch assessment, and Frame surveys. Others are sporadic studies conducted also in collaboration with other National institutions such as Universities, and Non-Government Organization; Regional and International Organizations. These studies are predominantly on socio-economic surveys, cage fish culture, satellite lakes surveys and water management studies. The station conducts also exclusive activities such as training of fish farmer groups in the region, and provision of scientific advisory in field of Aquaculture e.g. knowledge on fish ponds construction and management, and fish fingerlings production. It is quite some time, that the station has been working hard to ensure there is adequate supply of good quality fish fingerlings to fish farmers within and outside the region.
+255 767 870 930
P. O. Box 46, Shirati, Rorya
SOTA SUB-STATION TEAM
TAFIRI Sota is striving to lead in aquaculture research and consultancy in fisheries aspects. It is also determined to intensify fish fingerlings and fish feeds production program for distribution to fish farmers within and outside the region. These programs will be achieved through careful use of the 13 fish ponds and 10 cages available at the station. Out of 13 fish ponds, nine was constructed in the year 2003 at Sota area with funding from Lake Victoria Environmental Management project Phase I. Other four fish ponds are located at Gwitare village in Tarime district, out of which three ponds has 10 * 20 m and the fourth has 10 * 15 m. These ponds were excavated in the year 2014 at an area of 1,153 m2 purchased using Government funds in 2009 for the purpose of strengthen aquaculture research, and as a demonstration pilot fish farm for fish production.
In order to further research in aquaculture, in the year 2013, TAFIRI Sota through funding from the Association for Strengthening Agriculture Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) assigned to conduct cage fish culture experiment. This research study was carried out within Shirati Bay of Lake Victoria due to its suitability and being free from hazardous environmental pollution.