Government has officially launched the export of Organic Honey to China worth more than US$34, 000.
Speaking during the flagging off of 3.4 tonnes of Organic Honey processed by Mpundu World Honey Limited in Kabwe, Central Province, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga said the market access to China is a milestone to Zambia’s diversification agenda.
Mrs. Mulenga said the export of honey follows the signing of an export protocol by President Edgar Lungu and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jimping during his recent visit to that country.
She appealed to more Bee farmers and out grower schemes to increase the production of Honey now that the market access has been created.
Zambia’s annual honey production is 2500 tonnes and currently only exports 1000 tonnes to the European and African Union leaving a surplus of 1500 metric tonnes.
In August this year, South Africa restricted market access for Zambia’s pure honey because of a consignment allegedly from Zambia that was found to be contaminated with a disease called American foulbrood.
In a letter written to South African importers of pure Zambian honey, the authorities stated that audit samples from a consignment from a farm called Musonda Chitalu and forest fruite, detected American foulbrood.