PA sensitisation programme for the fishmongers at the Tema Manhean community was on Friday held to create awareness about modern and best practices in fish processing.
It was organised by employees of Karpowership Ghana Company Limited to increase the value of their stock, while simultaneously improving their means of livelihood, as part of activities marking International Women’s Day on Friday.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Head of the Post-Harvest Unit at the Fisheries Commission, Miss Yaa Tiwaa Amoah, emphasized the importance of educating all players in the fish processing chain.
According to her, there was the urgent need to educate the women as they play a very important role in the fish processing value chain, adding that they “determine the hygienic condition of what buyers consume. Beyond consumption, they may be able to put Ghana on the international market if they apply more modern fish processing practices to meet international standards.”
She commended Karpowership Ghana for the initiative as well as their constant collaboration with the Fisheries Commission to implement such vital programme to equip traders within the fishing community, and also called on other corporate entities to follow suit.
Employees of Karpowership took their turns to sensitise the women about the role they play in the education of their wards.
The Corporate Communications Specialist of Karpowership Ghana, Sandra Amarquaye underscored the importance of the programme, saying “Karpowership celebrates women on this day. One of the passions of the company is to promote the UN sustainable development goal 5, which is gender equality.
She said the company believed in empowering women in society “On a special day like this, the company finds the need to sensitise these women who remain a dominant stakeholder at our operational site in their field of work. The well-being and economic viability of their business remain at the core of our business culture.”
Speaking on behalf of the Tema Manhean Fishmongers and Smokers Association, Cynthia Commey expressed their gratitude to Karpowership for organising the programme as they had undoubtedly become more enlightened.
Karpowership Ghana Company Limited, the operators of the powership, focuses its corporate social investments on education, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability.
Since Karpowership began operations in Ghana, it has empowered the Tema Manhean fish mongers and smokers by providing them with items to support their businesses. Other initiatives include instituting a bursary scheme for over 100 students in the Tema Manhean Municipality, furnishing an ICT Laboratory, to mention but a few.