More technical support is being directed to bee keeping research and training to help the industry produce 250 tonnes of honey this year.
This target, which is 50 tonnes more than what was produced last year, is still 50 tonnes short of satisfying the local demand, according to the Agriculture Ministry.
The Ministry said a manufacturing centre had been implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Centre for Micro-Enterprises Development at the Nasau Youth Training Centre at Sigatoka.
The Ministry for Agriculture will be providing technical support in bee keeping research, training and related advisory services. It said the Ministry planned to boost the industry through hive development programs and was pleased that people have shown interest in honey farming.
Honey production level was 45 tonnes when the program started. Honey farming is done in areas including Sigatoka and in the Ra Province.
A women's group engaged in honey production sells honey for F$6.00 per kg to retailers whereas another women's group sells it for F$12.00 for every 750 ml bottled. Manufacturers had an advantage in that the Ministry arranged markets for bee farmers.
Currently, Fiji only has 7,000 hives whereas its potential is 50,000, according to the Ministry. The plan is to increase hives by 1,000 every year.
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