Experts from nine regional countries have shown concern on Post-Harvest Fish Losses affecting both economic and food security throughout the region.
The delegates are from countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, Djibouti and Madagascar.
They visited Rwanda to assess strategies that will potentially add value to production in order to reduce losses of fish production during the workshop held in Kigali on January 28, 2014.
A post-harvest loss occurs when fish loses its percentage in value after being caught.
Dr Christine Kanyandekwe, the Deputy Director General in Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in charge of Animal Resources Extension, acknowledged the confidence that the FAO-Smart Fish has placed in Rwanda, to host this regional workshop.
SmartFish is one of the largest regional Programmes for fisheries in Africa covering 20 beneficiary countries in the Eastern, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region.
It hosts many conferences regarding that and it signifies potential for value-added production by reducing losses of fish production.
Rwanda is blessed with many lakes and water bodies that remain underexploited.
Rwanda laid out a master Plan that outlines where efforts and investments have to be made to unlock the potential.
It is estimated that over 75 percent of the global fish production is used for direct human consumption.
Rwanda consumes more than 20 thousand tones of fishes every year, and loses about 40 percent of expected fish production.
The government of Rwanda desires to transform fisheries from non-viable subsistence to economically sustainable enterprises expected to improved food security in the country.