EU DONATES 500,000 EUROS FOR SMALL-SCALE BEE-KEEPING IN MOZAMBIQUE

The European Union, through the Local Economic Development Programme (ProDEL), is spending 500,000 euros to finance a project to integrate into the value chain of honey production small-scale beekeepers in Caia, Cheringoma and Maringue, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala.

The project will be implemented over a ten-week period by the local economic development agency, ADEL. The project supports local small-scale beekeepers through enhancing access to the formal market by improving their production techniques. It has three objectivesi — to provide training in modern beekeeping methods, strengthen local beekeeper associations, and develop business plans.

Producer associations, civil society organizations, and government bodies met on Wednesday to create a Provincial Honey Group (GPM). It is being led by the Export Promotion Institute (IPEX), which will be in charge of delivering technical assistance, marketing and gathering information.

A study carried out four years ago found that honey is an important vector for development, particularly in the north of Sofala where there are extensive areas of forest.

According to the director of ADEL in Sofala, Hamid Tayob, honey production offers an additional source of income and gives an opportunity to diversify the local economy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK