Lack of an affordable and reliable cooling solution is the major challenge affecting fish post-harvest activities in low-income fishing communities in the coastal region.
To curb the loss of revenue due to post-harvest fish losses, one of our start-ups, Tekizo Africa has introduced a solar-powered chilling solution known as the Kuza Freezer.
Kuza Freezer is a highly efficient chiller run on solar energy to help the small-scale fishermen in low-income fishing communities in Kenya preserve their fish harvest at low cost by eliminating the need for ice for a cooler.
Their aim is to improve food security by offering the Fishermen a more sustainable chilling solution during and after fishing hence reducing post-harvest fish losses and maximizing their profits.
They manufacture their chillers locally using fibreglass materials for durability and with increased cooling efficiency. The chiller is also fitted with sensors that make it possible for users to monitor them remotely and very light and portable making it possible for use in moving objects like fishing boats.
Through their 3-month pilot phase, they installed five products collectively storing up to 14,000 Kgs of fresh seafood monthly. With Kuza Freezer, the Fishermen are saving about KES 6,000 on a monthly basis that could have gone into the purchase of ice blocks for their normal cooler boxes.
To connect with Kuza Freezer see more on their website: https://kuzafreezer.com/aboutus.html