Learning: Fish harvesting and Post harvesting handling
The Samaki Women’s Group is a shining example of how training and support can empower women and youth in agriculture. Their participation in the Green Business project is a testament to the positive impact it can have on communities.
The project, implemented by ADS Kenya and Welthungerhilfe in Vihiga County, aims to create opportunities for youth and women by promoting green skills development and creating business opportunities. Bukura Agricultural College offers training in various courses, including aquaculture, which the Samaki Women’s Group participated in.
After the training, the group established a demo site with one fish pond, which they used for a sampling exercise before their main harvest, set for four months from now. During the sampling exercise, the women demonstrated their knowledge of post-harvest handling, including scales and intestine removal, cleaning, sorting, grading, weighing, deep frying or smoking, and packaging for sale.
The Samaki Women’s Group’s involvement in fish production, fish mongering and marketing, fish bulking, and Village Savings and Loaning Association (VSLA) highlights their dedication to the industry. With 36 members, the group represents a significant force for change in Luanda South Ward in Luanda subcounty.
The Green Business project aims to have 650 beneficiaries, including women and youth, by October 2024. By promoting green skills development and creating business opportunities, the project will offer decent employment opportunities and create a positive impact on the agriculture industry.
The success of the Samaki Women’s Group is just one example of how the Green Business project can empower communities. With the support of ADS Kenya, Welthungerhilfe, ADS Western and Bukura Agricultural College, women and youth are gaining valuable skills that will allow them to create sustainable businesses and make a positive impact on their communities.
The importance of post-harvest handling cannot be overstated, as it ensures the quality and safety of the fish for consumption. The demonstration by the Samaki Women’s Group shows their commitment to providing the best possible product to their customers.
Green Business project is a vital initiative that is empowering women and youth in agriculture. The success of the Samaki Women’s Group and their demonstration of post-harvest handling skills highlight the impact of training and support in creating sustainable businesses and improving the agriculture industry. As the project continues to grow, it is clear that it will have a lasting positive impact on the communities it serves.