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$56k annual honey produce

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, December 07, 2013

BEE farmers in the North managed to produce around seven tonnes of honey worth $56,000 this year.

Speaking at the Bee Farming Symposium at the Batiri Citrus Farm, national co-ordinator honey industry in the Ministry of Agriculture Kamal Prasad said they were still expecting more to come as the honey production reached its peak this month.

Mr Prasad said the North could produce more through the 250 farmers in the region.

"The North needs to supply an average of 50 tonnes of honey to make their mark as a honey producing centre," he said.

"At the moment, the supply from the North is short by 43 tonnes and the North has a suitable climate for bee farming.

"We are encouraging those wishing to take up bee farming to contact their nearest agriculture office."

In opening the symposium, principal agriculture officer North John Cox said the symposium was held to create awareness to farmers on the opportunities that could be derived from bee farming.

"This is a wall-breaking initiative involving other government officials, teachers and farmers to educate them on the opportunities in the project.

"Success is only possible if all government departments have an integrated approach in addressing issues."