A small fish canning workshop conducted in Honiara recently is in line with DCC Government policy says the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) Mr. Ferral Lasi.
The workshop was a training of trainers in a technique for canning fish that is designed to be suitable for people to use at the household and village level. The process is relatively simple requiring new empty cans, fresh fish and other ingredients, a pressure cooker, manual can sealer, and a gas stove.
The Undersecretary highlighted that such training is important to address the government policy to involve local Solomon Islanders in economic activities that will bring benefit to their families.
Participants at the workshop were selected by the MFMR from both the government and private sector with one international participant from Fiji. The technique is new to Solomon Islands and the first participants included eight men and four women who are expected to now have the skills to teach others how to use the equipment to safely can their own fish. If there is enough interest in the future, information is available on how to source the necessary materials from the MFMR.
The Parties to Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO) was the brainchild behind the workshop which was co-funded by the MFMR and it ran over a week. The first two days involved theory sessions at the Rock Haven Inn before participants had the opportunity to have hands on experience with the actual production of canned tuna and rainbow runner. The practical session was held at the Marantha Hall where participants were taken through the whole process of producing canned fish at home.
“It was exciting” says one participant “to learn how to produce canned tuna at home.’
Besides canning tuna participants were also shown how to can pineapple using same process.
Meanwhile, the coordinator of the training program Mr Ben Buga thanked the National Fisheries Development Company for providing fish which was used for the practical sessions.