Residents of Kiyindi landing site skilled to add value to silverfish (mukene) to increase its competitiveness in the local and international Market.
Over one hundred and fifty (150) residents of Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe district have received skills in adding value in silverfish (mukene).
This was aimed at fostering its export through increasing its competitiveness in the local and international Market.
The training according to Harriet Nansukusa of Private Sector Foundation (PSFU) was supported by the World Bank Skills Development Project (SDF) of PSFU.
Speaking during a scientific graduation of the trainees, Nansukusa explained that different groups of people have been supported by PSFU to receive different skills to help them become more relevant to society.
"Under the SDF project, we have touched lives of over 20,000 people. The skills gained will help them fight the impacts of COVID-19 and by the time it (COVID-19) is wiped out, they will have something important to bring to the market", she said.
The function was graced by the RDC Buikwe District Jane Francis Kagayi and the District chairperson Sauya Nambatya.
The RDC Kagaayi asked those who received the skills, to be more innovative and also embrace seeking for other government opportunities in order to start up small business to sustain them.
She observed that Uganda can only balance its trade if its exports have increased saying mukene being very nutritious can easily be exported outside the country.
The former Member of Parliament for Buikwe District Dr. Lulume Bayiga observed the need to campaign for mukene in hospitals saying it is very advantageous mostly to children.
He explained that 75% of mukene is protein which is very much needed by children.
"We should stop importing drugs for children suffering from kwashiorkor and instead promote mukene use in hospitals", he said.
During the same function, locally made life jacket were launched to safe guard mukene fishermen and other water users.
The District chairperson Nambatya applauded World Bank for supporting local people saying this will help to spur individual development.