Official launch of the Solar Cooling and Drying (SOLCOOLDRY) Technology Innovation Hub today at Mwazaro Kwale County. The event was officiated by Eng. Lucy Mutinda, Member of the KIRDI Board of Directors. Other Key dignitaries included the Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Joseph Sawe.
Food insecurity among the rural communities of the coastal region of Kenya required urgent intervention. Solar Cooling and Drying (SOLCOOLDRY) introduced a technology that is 100% off grid solar powered cooling and drying so as to improve the quantity, quality and value of Milkfish and Kimarawali.
The key objectives of this technology Hub is to:
- Develop a model solar powered hybrid cooling-drying system
- Establish fish handling and processing centers
- Establish a quality system and recommended good production practices
- Produce longer shelf-life Milkfish and Kimarawali for coastal and inland markets.
This helps improve the quantities and quality of the fish harvested, reduce on post harvest losses and improve the livelihood of the fisherfolk inthe coastal region.