New fish processing technology launched

Chorkor SmokerSNV Ghana, in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has launched a fish processing technology to produce healthier fish to meet local and international standards.

Dubbed FAO-Thiaroye (FTT-Thiaroye) the innovation, launched in Accra, is to create awareness of the FTT in the country among fish smoking communities. It also aims to equip small fishing communities with tools and know-how to dry and smoke fish on a simple rack.

Dr Lamourdia Thiombiano, FAO Country Representative, speaking at the launch said the introduction of the FTT which had higher energy efficiency would also see to the reduction in the use of wood fuels, which would contribute to the conservation of the forests, especially the mangroves.

He said the new technology transfer was to support the fisheries sector, especially the small and medium scale fisheries in enhancing their profitability, poverty reduction and contribution to the sustainable development goals.

These, he said, would be achieved through the collaborative efforts and building of partnerships between public and private institutions, non-governmental organisations, in promoting and supporting the transfer of the technology.

“Today marks another mile stone in the history of fish processing in the country after the development of the Chorkor Smoker here in 1969,” the FAO Country Representative said.

Dr Thiombiano said the new technology took into cognizance, energy efficiency, healthier end product which meets international standards and makes fish smoking less cumbersome especially for hard working rural women.

He commended the government for the continuous partnership with FAO in bringing solutions that impart on the lives and livelihoods of the generality of Ghanaians and most especially the rural poor.

Mrs Amanda J. Childress, Country Director, SNV Ghana said in 2013, the organisation received funding from the Dutch government for a large improved fish smoking project that runs through 2015.

She said the improved fish smoking project aimed to catalyse the development of sustainable value chain fish smoking in Ghana improving energy efficiency and supply.

She said the traditionally smoked fish from Ghana only sells at the local market, which do not meet the standard for the European and other international markets due to the high PAHs in the smoked fish.

Mrs Childress said over the past week, SNV has organised a special FTT technology transfer training for selected national stakeholders and regulators on the design, construction and use of the facility, adding that “The result of this training is a fully built FTT stove at the Ghana Standards Authority premises under the guidance of an expert.”

The Country Director said the organisation was interested in developing long term relationship and partnership with relevant stakeholders in developing and promoting the technology in the country.

Mr Smauel Manu, Deputy Director, Fisheries Commission gave the assurance that the Commission would vigorously promote to benefit the state in reducing post-harvest loses.

GNA

 

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