A new special cold room is currently under construction in Mwanza, Tanzania, by the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
IRDP is a corporate body established as an important national center for the provision of training, research and consultancy services in the field of Rural Development Planning and Management while the UNDP is the United Nations’ global development network that promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations and advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life for themselves.
The special cold room is meant to assist fishermen in the Lake Zone to preserve their fish in a professional manner and it will feature a modern plant for the production of special ice blocks needed in preserving fish in international recommended standards before being exported to different local and international destinations.
An effort to assist the government to industrialize the country
According to Prof Hozen Mayaya, the IRDP Rector, the project is a part of a series of diverse strategies initiated by the state-owned institute to support the fifth phase government‘s efforts to industrialize the East African country, and also address poverty from the grassroots.
He said that the institute in partnership with other key development partners, like European Union (EU) and international organizations like Unicef had also implemented useful projects for the construction of several industries in different parts of the country including a leather processing factory and sunflower oil plant in Dodoma.
“Above and beyond boosting economic growth in the central zone corridor, the two factories play a key role in the improvement of service delivery and they create direct and indirect job opportunities to residents of the host communities,” elaborated the IRDP Rector.