A study was conducted to determine the effect of post-harvest losses on artisanal
fisheries production in Mtera Dam, Tanzania, based on specific objectives: (1) to
analyze factors associated to post harvest loss, (2)to quantify the amount in post
harvest losses at Mtera Dam, and (3) to evaluate mitigation measuresto overcome
post-harvest losses. A cross-sectional research design was adopted whereby both
quantitative and qualitative research approaches were used. The sample size of this
study was 108 respondents comprising 34 from Iringa, 51 from Chamwino and 23
from Mpwapwa districts. A Questionnaire Loss Assessment Method (QLAM) was
used. Three Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) sessions wereheld among fisheries
management officers, Beach Management Units (BMU) teams, as well as the fishers
community. Checklists, Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) were administered among
the important fishers stakeholders of both Chamwino and Mpwapwa district for
Dodoma region, and Iringa Rural district to represent Iringa region. Data on factors
associated to post harvest loss, quantified post harvest losses, and available
mitigation measures to overcome post-harvest losseswere analysed into simple
descriptive statistics using Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS).
Identified factors associated to post harvest fish losses include size of boat with
respect to carrying capacity, type of boats used in fishing, poor transportation
infrastructures, lack of storage facilities, as well as poor cleaning tools used. Prestorage
phases contributed the largest proportion (49 %) compared to the storage
phage (27 %), and the transportation phase (24 %). Suggested mitigation measures
to overcome post-harvest fish losses include the use of freezers and modern fishing
gears, provision of financial support, improvement of storage facilities, and
improved infrastructures for transportation. It could be concluded that,different
causal factors at different phases account to 24 % loss of fish catch at Mtera dam.
Improved fish handling, transportation facilities, storage and processing
technologies would overcome post-harvest fish losses at Mtera dam.
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