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Co-operative rescues bee farmers

Salaseini Vosamana
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

BEE farmers who do not have any market for their honey products should expect a little relief as the Northern Beekeepers Co-operative has opened its doors to buy the product.

And for the past two years, the co-operative has been operating on a small scale with only a few active farmers selling their products to them.

Co-operative spokeswoman Mere Dunadamu said local farmers had been selling their products to them at a reasonable price and it was about time people knew of their existence.

"We have made life easier for most farmers who complain about the lack of availability of markets in the north and we pay them on the spot when they deliver their products to us for sale," she said.

"We're doing a big favour for them because we are buying their products."

Mrs Dunadamu refuted claims by some farmers on the lack of markets available in the north, saying the co-operative was there to buy their products.

She said farmers who do not have enough bee farming equipment such as beehives, wax moths and smokers could also buy such items from the co-operative at low prices.

"They don't have to worry about the sale of their products because we are here to help them and we are offering a much more reasonable cost to them," she added.


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