BEE farmers need to first undergo training on the venture in order to sustainably operate the business.
Responding to concerns raised by some Bainisucu farmers in Labasa last week, Ministry of Agriculture's deputy secretary corporate services Colonel Jonisio Mara said farmers needed to have a better understanding of bee farming if the venture was to succeed.
"The ministry conducts training on bee farming to those interested participants upon request.
"Farmers who want to further their knowledge on this sort of farming can always inform us where our officials can arrange for training," Col. Mara said.
"There will be a bee farming training for farmers here in Labasa next month and this is an opportunity for participants to upskill their knowledge and potential.
"We usually assist farmers to start their bee farming project and this includes two hives, extractor machine and some other equipment."
Col. Mara said it was wise for farmers to invest in bee farming because the market was good, adding that a co-operative in Labasa was buying honey products for $7 per kilogram.