According to him, implementing the National Honey Production and Investment Policy will enable the country to achieve a trillion-dollar sector in 2030 projected by the World Bank.
Speaking to the media after the launch of the “Make Ghana’s Honey Fit for Export Project” he said, “it is very important that we’re starting with the Make Ghana’s Honey Fit for Export Project for now.
“There are other programmes that the Chamber of Agribusiness and its partners in Germany are initiating that is going to harmonise activities and also to engage the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to design a National Honey Production and Investment Policy.”
“We need to have a beekeeping industry which will live up to the World Bank’s report. The World Bank report indicated that if African farmers can uptake high skills and adopt technology, they will attain a trillion-dollar sector by 2030. So we believe that our honey industry serves a purpose”, he added.
Beekeepers in Ghana
The CSIR Food Research Institute launched the “Make Ghana’s Honey Fit for Export Project”.
Project Coordinator, Dr. Courage Besah-Adanu revealed that the project is to determine the kinds of honey produced in the country and to guide in the formulation of standards for the sector.
“We want to scale the analysis from the Volta and Oti regions to other parts of the country so that as scientists, we can define the honey we have and profile it to know what we have to guide setting standards for the industry.
“This we believe will improve the packaging of honey products to clear doubts of the average consumer then we can enter premium markets like the EU,” he explained.
Chairman for the Beekeepers Association, Patrick Addo Newman, expressed his excitement for the launch of the project. He believes the project will upscale honey production in Ghana.
“This particular project that has been launched will help the industry grow. I’ve been in this industry for the past 30 years and the industry is still where it is, but with this, we will be able to identify the kind of honey we produce.”
“Aside from that, we’re unable to export and to produce to feed the local market. We believe this project will help us improve our products to be able to export,” he said.
Commenting on the Make Ghana’s Honey Fit for Export Project, the Apiculture Development Coordinator for Bees for development Ghana and Beekeeping Consultant, Arhin Isaac Mbroh, said the project will only be successful if beekeeping in Ghana becomes more sustainable. He believes a lot of beekeepers in Ghana lack basic beekeeping skills to produce and harvest quality honey.
He said, “Many beekeepers in Ghana don’t have the basic skills to sustainably manage apiaries and bee colonies. They also don’t know how to harvest and process honey properly. Some beekeepers and ‘honey hunters’) still squeeze the honey combs with their hands. There are a whole lot of post-harvest contaminations caused by handlers of honey combs and for that matter honey.”
The beekeeping consultant added, “all stakeholders must work together to tackle the root of the problem by offering sustainable beekeeping training to the numerous beekeeρers across the country to be able to do the right things that will raise the quality of honey to meet the international market standards.”
He also said his organisation Bees for development Ghana is doing wonderful works in the development of the beekeeρing sector in Ghana. According to him, they have trained over thousand beekeepers across the country who are producing quality honey for the local and international market.