By Twinomuhwezi Enock
Farming Youth of Kasenda recently participated in a technology exhibition organized by Save the Children Youth in Action Project at Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal. The Exhibition brought together Youth from Different Districts, who showcased different technologies among which included; fish farming, carpentry, bakery, weaving and livestock. The Kasenda Youth, who are supported by KRC, exhibited value addition and product development of bananas. Two products, Banana juice and wine, developed from bananas were exhibited. These attracted the attention of many people to the KRC stall.
Among those who took interest in the products, were; the Guest of honor Hon Tom Butime, the Country director Save the Children and donors from Master Card Foundation. The minister appreciated the efforts put in by KRC to support the youth especially through trainings in value addition that has attracted the youth in the banana value chain.
Minister Tom Butime visiting KRC Youth stall
Following the training of the youth in banana juice processing, KRC has supported 25 youth form the group, with juice processing start-up kit. The kit contains quality digital machines like Refract meter, weighing scale (gm), Thermometer and PH meter. A banana juice pasteurizer was also included in the kit. These will enable the youth to improve the quality of banana juice that meet the minimum food processing standards.
KRC has a long history of supporting value addition in the Rwenzori Region. This has further helped increase the incomes of the farming households