The “Skilling the youth in banana stem fibre extraction and fibre crafts making project” was launched on 21 January 2022, at Tooro Botanical Gardens in Fort Portal by KRC Uganda, TEXFAD with funding from Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency.

The project will be implemented over a period of six months, commencing February 2022. It will benefit young people in the banana value chain from three districts of Kabarole, Bunyangabu and Fort Portal City. 150 youth will be skilled in banana stem fibre extraction, and 50 young women will be skilled in hand-craft making. Overall, 200 youth will be directly benefit from the project. Skilling young people in banana stem fibre extraction and craft making will enhance diversified skill-sets and gainful employment in the banana value chain.

 

Speaking during the launch, the District Chairperson, Kabarole, Hon. Richard Rwabuhinga noted that the country suffers high levels of unemployment not because of lack of jobs but because the youth lack the requisite skills to do or create the jobs. He castigated the education curriculum that is deficient in its design.  He noted that the curriculum designers didn’t talk to the curriculum consumers, and noted that such problems as skill deficits.

Mr. Mohamed Shariff, the Executive Director KRC Uganda, said that the 6 months project is a seed that will culminate into strategic area of skilling for young people through the Youth Innovation Hub. David Mugarra, the Project Manager, said that the project presents new opportunities for skilling in green jobs and reiterated the potential alternatives that banana can create in the green economy.

Title: New project launched. Skilling the youth in banana stem fibre extraction and fibre crafts making

Author: Francis Musinguzi, Information

Category: Agriculture

Publish Date: 2022-02-07

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