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Honey production reduces in Kabompo

NKWETO MFULA, Chingola
PRODUCTION of honey by apiculturists in Kabompo has drastically reduced from 100 tonnes to 10 tonnes this year, following the dry spell experienced in the last rainy season, North-Western Bee-keepers Association chairperson Victor Muhanga has said.
And the association is set to train over 500 women and youths in beekeeping for job creation in the province.
Mr Muhanga said there was no flowering this year following the dry spell that was experienced and bees could not make honey in hives.
“In a good year Kabompo bee-keepers alone produce over 100 tonnes. This year the production is standing at only 10 tonnes,” he said in a telephone interview recently.
North-Western Province has a total of 6,000 farmers with a total production capacity of over a thousand metric tonnes of honey.
Mr Muhanga said the association has requested for a loan of K273,000 to help expand its bee-keeping activities in the province.
Once funds are made available, the bee-keepers association wants to put up new packing centres in the region to encourage honey production by stakeholders.
Mr Muhanga said the association is yet to conduct another audit on the number of apiculturists in the province.
“Most farmers have grown old and we want to conduct another census to establish the number of farmers who are still active,” he said.
Mr Muhanga said the association is committed to bring on board new farmers by training them in bee-keeping and honey production skills.
“We are targeting to train over 500 women and youths for sustainable honey production,” he said.

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