The country’s honey sector is set to see its production increase after investors showed interest to pump in U$3 million.
The money according to Esther Su of the Apiary Ltd, a Singaporean company that has picked interest in Rwanda’s sector will help increase capacity of bee farmers as well as provide modern equipment.
With this Su says will streamline the value chain for honey and also boost quality that would meet international standards thus contribute to country’s export earnings.
“We would enable producers to upgrade their knowledge and provide them with modern equipment in a bid to increase productivity,’ she says adding that in turn the company will buy the produced honey.
Despite the increasing prices of honey both on local and international market, the honey sector has been struggling to keep stance as most producers still use subsistence methods that affect the quality of honey produced.
Accordingly, the country’s honey production capacity stands at 4000 metric tons of honey by December 2014 with a target of 8000 metric tons by 2017/18, implying that efforts to bolster production are needed.
“We really need to work on supply side,” pointed out State Minister Nsanganira, urging beekeepers to take the advantage and build long-term relationships with investors to ensure enough supply,” said Tony Nsanganira, State Minister for Agriculture.
The minister is optimistic that increasing farmer’s knowledge and of modern hives will boost production to meet the increasing demand after the country was certified in June last year to access Singaporean market as well as Europe.
On the other side, the country boosts of 80,000 honey producers owning more than 90,000 hives of which 70% are traditional hives.