Rwanda to boost apiculture

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 22 September 2016 saa 07:47
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources has unveiled a plan of doubling honey harvest in the country by 2020 from the current 4000 tons per annum.

The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Ressources, Geraldine Mukeshimana revealed this yesterday as she launched the ApiExpoAfrica 2016 going on in Kigali from 21st to 26th September 2016.

Dr Mukeshimana said that Rwanda needs innovative bee keepers to boost the harvests, create new jobs and attract investors.

“The existing honey harvest comes from 83 small cooperatives using both traditional and modern hives. We want to attract many investors in apiculture, increase the productivity in transforming our honey harvest using technology and availing it on market. We want to modernize this profession, create new jobs and promote rural areas as well,” she said.

The ApiExpoAfrica 2016 aims at seeking best ways to be embraced in bee keeping as a way of increasing knowledge in promoting honey business and boosting its quality.

The ApiExpoAfrica 2016 hinges on the theme ‘Transforming the economy of Africa’s family: The role of apiculture’.

The ApiExpoAfrica 2016 has been attended by bee keepers and entrepreneurs in honey from different countries like Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Turkey, Rwanda and Singapore among others.

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The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Ressources, Geraldine Mukeshimana