Mr. Perry Mapani
Mr. Perry Mapani

The Zambia Development Agency says the demand for Zambian honey in foreign markets such China and other countries is on the rise.

Speaking in an interview in Lusaka, ZDA Director General Perry Mapani says that a number of Chinese importers are looking for honey from Zambian suppliers.

Mr. Mapani says the Agency is working with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry and International Trade Centre (ITC) to grow the sector and create efficiency in the production and supply of honey.

“As an Agency, we are working in line with the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP) to diversify the economy. The honey sub sector is among the other priority areas which have been pointed out by government to drive the diversification agenda,” explained the Director General.

Mr. Mapani said the Agency is also working with other sector players such as the financing institutions to provide finances for the entrepreneurs in the honey sector in order to boost their capacity to satisfy both the local and international markets.

He added the Agency is further working with investors such as chain stores to provide shelf space for Zambian honey locally.

Mr. Mapani reiterated that the opportunities for bee keeping and agriculture in general in Zambia are immense due to the favorable climatic conditions.

This is according to a statement issued to the media by Faith Musonda, Manager Communications and Public Relations,
Zambia Development Agency.

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    • Zambian honey is the best. If you live overseas please don’t buy their honey. Those bees are given antibiotics in order to mass produce. A travesty I say. That’s why I stock up on my honey whenever I visit Zambia. I buy it from this well known bee keeper along Kabwe/Lusaka RD.

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    • And please protect the product from industrialization. Once pesticides invade honey territory the buyers will shun the territory. Once our bees start feeding on gmo affected flowers our honey won’t be organic and it will lose its selling point. Guard the agricultural industry jealously

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  1. The best honey is forest ???? honey. Guaranteed natural with a bit of smokiness due to method used by tribal tree climbers to gather it.

    It used to be found in whole health food shops here in UK but not very visible now. I will check tomorrow if I can find any.

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  2. NI BOOZA NO CHINESE ARE YEANING FOR SO CALLED ZAMBIA HONEY, INFACT THEY DONT EVEN KNOW GEOGRAPHICALLY WHERE ZAMBIA IS , WHAT MORE OF YOUR SO CALLED HONEY? I JUST MOVED INTO A HOTEL IN SHENYANG LOOKING AT MY PASSPORT ASKING ME SEVERAL TIMES WHERE IS THIS COUNTRY CALLED ZAMBIA ON EARTH ,,, SPEAK THE TRUTH U SAY UBUCHI TO FEW CHINESE ATI ITS BOOMING ATASE UBUFI

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  3. As you grow the sector Mr. Mapani, also find out WHY Zambian honey is in demand. What is it that is preferred – so that you don’t start funding entrepreneurs to set up in industrialised areas and eventually POLLUTE the HONEY and it’s REPUTATION. NAREP president Michael Chipimo is on record about this business several years ago. CF comments by Real Olivia and Roger Beachy above.

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