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ZFC in need of K500,000 to revamp honey processing

THE Zambia Forestry College (ZFC) in Kitwe’s Mwekera area is in dire need of K500,000 to revamp its honey processing factory, which has obsolete equipment.
The college, which was established in 1949, has a honey processing factory with the capacity to produce three tonnes of  honey.
Forestry Department forest technician Earnest Kunda said in an interview yesterday there is need to revive the honey processing factory to create job opportunities for the local people.
“The equipment which we have in our factory is old and obsolete. It was procured in the early 50s and it needs to be replaced,” Mr Kunda said.
He said reviving the honey processing factory could help curb deforestation, which is rampant in Mwekera as people can venture into beekeeping instead of charcoal burning.
Mr Kunda, however, said Government recently released K50, 000 to the ZFC to procure carpentry equipment to make bee hives.
He said the funds have been used to make 38 beehives, which have capacity to produce 20 litres of honey.
Mr Kunda said beekeeping is a lucrative venture which can help the institution generate revenue to meet its operation costs.