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Sunday, July 31, 2005
Posted 6:06 PM by Luigi
KGA food workshop creates economic opportunities in rural villages
Press release: Honiara, 29.7.05
Turning banana and taro into tasty snacks and local fruits into jams and syrups could help Solomon Islanders in isolated rural areas boost their incomes. This was the aim of a food processing workshop held by Kastom Gaden Association in Makira last week (18-25 July).
Around 30 of Kastom Gaden’s Planting Material Network (PMN) members, community groups and interested individuals from remote regions of Makira, Malaita and Guadalcanal gathered in Kirakira for the AusAID funded programme.
Many of the participants receive little or no regular income because they live so far from provincial capitals and good transport links. The workshop showed how home grown foods can be made into attractive, added value products that can help boost cash flows. The course is part of a KGA programme for sustainable livelihoods in rural areas.
Food scientist Dr Richard Beyer from Fiji, who is running a series of food processing workshops with Kastom Gaden, showed attendees how to make attractive products that will not go bad quickly during transport and storage. These included jams, marmalades, cordials, syrup and chutney made from local fruits, as well as banana and taro chips and fried peanuts.
The course also covered how to develop systems for buying and borrowing processing equipment and packaging and how to price and market products.
Claudine Watoto, KGA project manager said: “This workshop proves there is a big opportunity for rural people to sell their products to the wider market. Our vision is to reduce the reliance on imported goods with community made added value products.”
KGA is now helping the workshop participants to set up village-based micro-businesses. It is also creating links with shipping agents, retail outlets and packaging companies in Honiara. KGA would like to hear from retailers that are interested in these products or anyone who can contribute empty glass jars. If you can help please call KGA on 39551.
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