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Honey sector growth hampered by financial, market challenges

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
THE Zambia Honey Partnership (ZHP) says lack of markets and access to finance is hampering the growth of the sector.
ZHP chairperson Munshimbwe Chitalu said there is need for Government and key stakeholders in the apiculture sub-sector to partner through the development of new technologies and policies if the sector is to grow.
“Am calling on Government and other stakeholders to partner with the beekeeping industry through the development and enhancement of technologies, sector policies, certification to markets and standards, quality assurance, trade information flow, investment promotion, access to finance and bee health,” Mr Chitalu said.
He was speaking during the eighth ZHP honey sector stakeholders’ forum in Kitwe recently.
The forum is aimed at promoting investment and social sustainable economic growth in the honey sector by identifying challenges, sharing new developments and initiating strategies for the industry.
The ZHP forum was attended by beekeepers, processors, exporters and relevant Government bodies that resolved to push for the implementation of the long-awaited Beekeeping Policy and put in place workable sector plans that will help stir the industry to success.
The forum was sponsored by SNV, a Netherlands Organisation which also runs the Trade and Investment Project for Enhanced Competitiveness of Zambia’s Apiculture Sector (TIPEC- ZAS) – a three-year programme which comes to a close this year.
TIPEC-ZAS project manager Malani Simukoko said the project has contributed to the development of the honey sector as a whole, through organisations and beekeepers who have benefited from the intervention.

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