Zambian honey charms Chinese
By Staff Reporter
The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) says the demand for Zambian honey in foreign markets such as China on the rise.
In a statement to the media yesterday, ZDA Director General Perry Mapani explained that a number of Chinese importers were looking for honey from Zambian suppliers.
Mapani said that 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 7th 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.
Mapani stated that the agency was 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 that the agency was further working with chain stores to provide shelf space for Zambian honey locally.
The Director General reiterated that the opportunities for bee keeping and agriculture in general in Zambia were immense due to the favourable climatic conditions.