Farmers drilled on post harvest management

Written by  Tamanda Balakasi, MBC Stringer

Post harvest losses have been pointed out as one of the challenges robbing the fishing industry of its economic potential.

Symon Ngwira, DFO, Nkhotakota Symon Ngwira, DFO, Nkhotakota

Speaking to MBC, Nkhotakota District Fisheries Officer, Symon Ngwira, said about 32 percent of harvested fish is wasted due to post harvest losses every year.


"Proper fish processing technologies can help reduce post-harvest fish losses,” said Ngwira.


Despite the dwindling fish stocks in Lake Malawi, the Fisheries Department in Nkhotakota said post-harvest fish losses has also greatly affected the fishing industry in Malawi.


He further said this is due to lack of knowledge and facilities on how best people can process and preserve fish through improved technologies hence adding value to the product.


Among others, Ngwira said so far the use of improved smoking kilns and solar dryers have proved to be efficient in terms of fish processing and increase fish profitability.


"I am appealing to different stakeholders in the country to work hand in hand with government to provide capacity building to fishing communities on fish processing if we are to deal with the problem of post harvest fish losses,"said Ngwira.


In Malawi, fish contributes about 70 percent of animal protein in rural and urban areas.

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