BY VALENTINE OFORO, DODOMA
THE Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) has installed a modern cold room and ice flake production machines in Mwanza Region in a robust project aimed to improve business performance among fishermen in the lake zone.
Dubbed Kibala Cold Room and Ice Flake Processing Industry, the state-of-the-art factory which had received lucrative financial patronage from United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) targets to enable the fishermen to execute their trade at international levels and thus, fetching more markets.
Briefing the East Africa Herald over the vital economic project, Senior Lecturer and Project Coordinator at the Institute, Bonamax Mbasa, detailed that the state-owned varsity had decided to venture into the project after realizing that the fishermen were failing to get international markets due to poor technology.
“With the facility, the fishermen at the lake zone are currently able to professionally preserve their catches for at least three days before exporting them to the far outside markets,” he said.
Mbasa added: ” With the installed plant, the fishes from the lake zone are now reaching the far markets at recommended fresh condition, the situation which was not the case before,”
He insisted that the vision of the Institute was to continue powering more youth to realise and venture into numerous economic opportunities that the country has in offer.
“Among our role is to also to research over different challenges that upset the entrepreneur youth and women and thus, assisting them through the implementation of relevant projects'” he stated.
“For instance, IRDP is the sole high learning institution which embraces Competency Based Education Training System (CBETS), the system which focuses to impart the students with knowledge and skills with an eye to changing their attitude,” he explained.