Kosmos constructs improved fish processing facility for fishmongers

Fishmongers in the Western Region have been introduced to a new fish smoking technology of using ovens that enhance their fish processing business.

The ovens, which has been constructed for them by Kosmos Energy Ghana, an oil company as part of a social responsibility activity has roofing and heatproof, which ensure limited smoke that hitherto was a problem for the women.

The ovens are energy efficient as less fuel is needed. It is also safe and more environmentally friendly.

In addition to that, the company has constructed a facility where fish is kept on arrival from the shore for processing before smoking.

Some women groups in Ankobra and Ekpu, in the Ellembele and the Jomoro districts have been trained on how to use the new technology.

In all about 152 women involved in the fish smoking business have since been trained on the technology as well as on how to ensure business continuity during the lean fishing season and preventing post-harvest losses.

They have consequently formed fishmonger associations so as to be able to use the facility.

At a handing over ceremony, the Vice-president and Country Manager of Kosmos Energy Ghana, Mr Ken Keag, said: “Women in any society are central to its development.”

He said the service provided by women in business could not be ignored; saying, “our support for their projects is an indication of our respect for the diverse people in our communities.”

The Director of Corporate Affairs of Kosmos Energy Ghana, Mr George Sarpong said Kosmos believed in working together with its host communities to create value which was the right thing to do.

The various women groups expressed appreciation for the gesture saying it marked a strong step towards growth for the fish processing business in the districts.

They said their smoking areas, hitherto was not the best and was grateful for the training Kosmos has provided them.

They acknowledged it would enable them to develop their businesses well.

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