Uganda, Jan 9 – Honey farmers in Uganda get a boost in the start of a New Year with the World Bank lining up a program to help improve the quality of honey production. They will also help the farmers access the European Union (EU) market for a wider reach of their consumers. Now they can penetrate new markets and create connections for better business sphere.
Close to a million farms in Uganda practice beekeeping and has proved to be a great deal as the main source of income to them. They make and sell honey but have not been able to take their farming to the next level with various factors denying them the opportunity to do so. However, with the World Bank though in their support they will be able to fulfill their dreams.
The opportunity still faced by the farmers is the quantity production. Since most honey is produced on a small scale basis, the country faces a deficit that needs to be addressed. The wider market of the EU needs a surplus of honey to meet the demands of the market. Poor production that hinders the quality of the honey has been an issue highlighted by Dr. Robert Ajobe, Chairman Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO).
In a bid to fight the battle, the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO) is collaborating up front with TUNADO. The former is being chaired as well by Dr. Kajobe, as the Director.
He said the two institutions have come together to help the farmers gain skills in their beekeeping activity and acquaint themselves with modern methods of farming to improve and increase the production.
Plans already have hit the group with Lwengo, Kalungu and Masaka districts already have received modern machinery to facilitate the efforts made by the institutions. Over 200 farmers from the districts have acquired the machines.
East Africa country Uganda is understood to harvest at least1% of honey on a yearly basis. Standing out in the sub-Saharan region, it is one of the five states allowed to access the EU market.
It has been able to meet its local demands and is struggling to make a name for itself outside its borders. Uganda Beekeepers Association has lamented the devoid of bee-stock that has reduced the tonnes of honey produced annually to between 800 – 1200.
World Bank has set upon them the project to commercialize bee products on a local level in Uganda wit injecting financial aids in areas of production, bee venom and beeswax. The later has a host of use that can be harnessed with effectiveness and efficiency.
The program wills set precedents on how Uganda can be able to get more quantity for export purposes. The two institutions TUNADO and NARO are interested in youth and women, highlighted as potential honey producers in the state.
Uganda enjoys a better climate in comparison to other countries neighbouring the region that has made honey production spur greatly.