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‘Embrace apiculture’

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Honey Council (ZHC) coordinator Imasiku Maibiba has urged farmers to consider venturing in apiculture production as part of diversification in the agriculture sector.
Ms Maibiba said bee-keeping and honey production is one way of diversifying as the cost of production is low.
During a sensitisation meeting on the newly-opened information centre in Sinda recently, she urged more small-scale farmers to engage in bee-keeping to increase their income levels.
This is contained in a Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) Friday weekly brief.
She said the council in Petauke has successfully linked farmers to commodity markets that offer competitive price for comb honey, which is pure and unprocessed honey.
“The companies that are buying honey include Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO), Agriworld and Billa Limited with Agriworld offering the highest price of K6.50 per kilogramme of comb honey,” she said.
Meanwhile, farmers in Kabompo district have called for enhanced private sector participation in the development of the sector.
ZNFU says currently, Kabompo and the surrounding districts depend on Government programmes for the supply of inputs and marketing of their products.

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