Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) on Wednesday donated assorted items worth K5 million to fishermen and some fish sellers at Chintheche and Mpamba market in the district.
Speaking in an interview after the donation, MCCCI Chief Executive Officer, Chancellor Kaferapanjira, said the organisation is implementing a nutrition project called “protecting the diet of most vulnerable people” which seeks to safeguard quality of fish before consumption.
He said the donated items will help improve storage of fish for the betterment of both fishermen and consumers.
“We have distributed cooler boxes, a refrigerator, selling tables, tumplines among others which are to help the sellers be able to sell at a better price even after days of catch while also enabling consumers get quality commodities,” he said.
Chairperson for Katoto Fisheries Group, Leonard Mlenga said the donation will maximize their profits and thanked MCCCI for further capacitating them with business management skills.
Nkhata Bay District Fisheries Officer, Trasicio Nguluwe asked the fishermen to be in close contact with his office if in need of any technical support so that the aim of the project is achieved.
MCCCI is implementing the project as part of Covid -19 response and recovery program in Nkhata Bay and Mzimba with support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine of Ireland through Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).