Women fishmongers in Kwale County have reason to smile after receiving improved fried fish display boxes developed by the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI).
The eco-friendly boxes, whose distribution was officiated by Deputy Governor, Ms. Fatuma Achani at Kombani, protects fishmongers against respiratory diseases caused by carbon monoxide emissions from the widely used traditional kerosene lamps popularly known as koroboi.
The Koroboi will now be a thing of the past since the display box, also referred to as Mama Karanga, has a solar-powered lamp for illumination in the evening when fishmongers open their businesses on roadsides.
Ms. Achani lauded the research institute for the innovation, saying the boxes would also enhance fish preservation as they were well-ventilated and easy to clean hence boosting food safety and hygiene.
This is a good initiative and we fully support it as county government. The boxes will ensure the fish is sold under hygienic conditions which will prevent contamination and losses previously experienced by the traders, she said.
The Deputy Governor also urged the fishmongers and other traders to go for collateral free business loans from the County Trade Revolving Fund to expand their operations to boost their incomes and the local economy.
According to a KEMFRI research scientist, Dr. Melchizedek Osore, some 45 fishmongers were given the display boxes mainly in five wards that were the best fishing areas in the county.
We were moved by the miserable plight of women fishmongers who suffered a lot from the smoke emitted by the traditional lanterns. This led to our decision to improve the display boxes which are currently distributed for free, said Dr. Osore, who is also the Manager of the Kenya Coastal Development Programme.
KEMFRI says Kenyans should be encouraged to embrace clean technologies to protect the environment to avert the adverse effects of climate change.
Source: Kenya News Agency