The fisheries Department has asked fish cooperatives in lakeshore districts to use fish processing technologies to reduce post-harvest losses.
Fisheries Research Officer responsible for fish value chain development and risk profile analysis James Banda said fish cooperatives in lakeshore districts are hardly gaining from fish business due to the use of local fish processing methods.
He was speaking in Nkhotakota during a three-day fish processing training organised by TechnoServe under Refresh project.
Banda has, meanwhile, encouraged cooperatives to use fish processing technologies such as solar tent dryer, Frismo kilns, saying they are not labour demanding and only need less firewood.
“This training has been organised to equip members of fish cooperatives with relevant skills on how to use fish processing technologies, more especially Frismo kiln, because it can be constructed using locally available materials”, he said.
Secretary for Fish Land Ladies Cooperative in Monkey Bay in Mangochi District, Chimwemwe Baluti, said, she will share the acquired skills and knowledge with fellow members.
The training attracted fish cooperatives from Mangochi, Karonga, Likoma, Nkhata Bay and Nkhotakota districts.