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Over 160 skilled in mukene value addition

By Agnes Nantambi

Added 7th July 2020 12:22 PM

Residents of Kiyindi landing site skilled to add value to silverfish (mukene) to increase its competitiveness in the local and international Market.

Over 160 skilled in mukene value addition

A team from Buikwe district lead by the RDC Kagayi and the District Vice chairperson Nambatya together with the team from Private Sector Foundation led by Nansukusa and the host team from Light in the shadow touring some of products made from mukene during the scientific graduation. Photos by Agnes Nantambi

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.

 

Some of the trainees showing products they made


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.

 

(L to R) RDC Buikwe District Kagaayi, District vice chairperson Nambatya and Nansukusa the coordinator from PSFU showed some of the products made from mukene


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.

Trainees displaying skills learnt

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.








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