Rwanda to host continental honey expo

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After successful efforts to have its honey exported to European markets which gave Rwanda a competitive advantage for the wider and stricter markets, the country is to host the honey expo dubbed apiexpo2016.

The expo, a biannual event aims at showcasing   bee farming products   such as culture honey, bees wax products, propolis, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals from around the continent as well as developed countries.

Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana says winning the bid to host ApiExpo Africa 2016 comes as another milestone to Rwanda’s beekeeping industry.

“ApiExpo Africa 2016 will strengthen the image of the country; attract investments to the agricultural sector and, in particular, to the beekeeping industry,” she added

The  country  was added to the 44  African  countries   allowed to  export  honey to the European Union  Market  in June this year  by the European Union trade commission although the  exporting has not yet  started.

This according to state minister for agriculture Tony Nsanganira  is due to  the processes   of  organising    bee  farmers to   form cooperatives  as well as   modernizing   the  apiary farming  to meet  the   honey standards  the  European  union market demands.

Currently, the country’s demand for honey has been increasing, according to Rwanda Development with   the volumes   increasing to    1,715 tons in 2010 up from 1,625tonnes in 2006, thus pushing the country to import more volumes.

Experts believe that considering the objectives of the expo, farmers will be able to plan and prepare to   increase both quality and volumes for export.

A statement from Rwanda Agricultural Board, the expo is expected to avail new skills, knowledge and technologies used in value addition and bee-keeping to participants as well as improve global market linkages of bee products suppliers.

The expo will also look at promoting bee-keeping as a source of employment creation, household income, and enhancer of environmental protection.

Moreover, the  government to  back  up the initiatives  allocated  over Rwf150 million  in the 2014/15 budget top improve  the quality of honey processing, a  good signal the country is yet to  reap  from  honey  exports.

The expo which is the 5th All-Africa International Honey Expositionwill be jointly organized byMinistry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and ApiTrade Africa, a regional not-for-profit organization that champions the promotion of African honey and other bee products.

Rwanda’s  successful  bid  to host the  expo  was announced at  during the 4th ApiExpo Africa which took place from 6th to 11th October 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe, giving the country’s agriculture   products more  visibility for more markets.

According to World Bank report 2014, Rwanda’s Agriculture production and commercialization contributed 32 per cent of the country’s consumption growth over the past 10 years, an outlook that calls for more efforts to bolster the sector.

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