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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:21

Nsomba N’chuma project extended

Written by  Catherine Mkanda
Lake Malawi Lake Malawi

Mangochi, January 30, 2019: Chancellor College in collaboration with Fisheries Research Unit and other three partners have extended the implementation of Nsomba N’chuma project to the second phase following some lessons learnt during Phase 1 of the intervention.
 
Chief Fisheries Officer for Research in Monkey Bay, Mangochi, Dr. Harold Sungani made the revelation on Monday when he briefed Mangochi District Council about the extension and an overview of the first phase of the project.

He said the second phase of the project has been introduced because some of the problems that they had tried to resolve during the first phase are still in existence due to low adoption.

“We established from the first phase that in every 10 fish harvested three are lost due to contamination from insects, dust, bacteria and bad weather,” Sungani said adding that, “These post-harvest fish losses led to food and economic losses.”

 

Chief Fisheries Officer added that while Phase 1 did not have any specific target, the second phase would target individuals to increase participation of women and the youth in the fish value chain.

“Beneficiaries will be given an opportunity to access loans from FDH Bank to enable them buy the IFPTs,” he said.

The Project focuses on encouraging use of Improved Fish Processing Technologies (IFPTs) such as improved smoking kilns and solar tent dryers to improve quality of processed fish products.

The Project will be implemented in Mangochi, Salima, Nkhotakota and Nkhatabay and is expected to run for one and half years.

Other partners in the project includes FDH Bank, World Fish Centre and People’s Trading Centre (PTC).

Mangochi District Council has since welcomed the second phase of the project with calls to the fisheries department to ensure that the improved technologies be adopted by as many individual fish processors as possible to reduce fish losses in the process.

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