Thai Union has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two community groups in Songkhla in southern Thailand to provide them with a solar-powered fish-house dryer that will double the amount of fish they can sell.
The agreement with the Ban Na Thap Women’s Group Seafood Processing in Songkla Province and the Thai Sea Watch Association also aims to improve food safety standards, develop knowledge about seafood processing techniques and conserve community coastal resources and aquatic management.
“Thai Union is committed to giving back to the communities in which it operates by improving the lives of those people, which is one of the key pillars of SeaChange, our sustainability strategy,” explained Peter Galli, global director of corporate communications for Thai Union.
The solar powered fish-house dryer will reduce the contamination risk from insects, shorten the drying and production time by 40% and help increase productivity, said Mr Galli.
Beeyoh Amphanniyom, president of Ban Na Thap Women’s Group Seafood Processing, said the community will take this opportunity to improve the quality of its products and raise awareness about fishery sustainability whilst Bunjong Nasae, advisor of Thai Sea Watch Association, said he was pleased that a large company like Thai Union recognised the importance of local fishing communities and the benefits of using sustainable aquatic resources.