Honey producers in Chimanimani push for organic certification to tap into the export market

By Tamuka Charakupa

Honey producers in Chimanimani are pushing for organic certification in a bid to tap into the export market after the success of community-driven bee-keeping projects.

The bee-keeping farmers, who were exhibiting their products during a month long showcase dubbed: ‘Tsuro Dzakangwara’, told ZBC News that they have the capacity to produce for the export market.

“We have several types of honey from different types of trees and flowers. We are producing naturally so we are now looking for better markets,” one farmer said.

Another said: “As farmers we always look for better opportunities and for now our focus is on getting certified so that we can export.”

Meanwhile, local traditional leaders Chief Donald Mutambara and his counterpart Raymond Saurombe encouraged communities to preserve the environment for the benefit of the honey production business.

“As a leader I am very much against cutting down of trees because they are our major resource when it comes to bee keeping. We need to give space for normal ecosystem routines,” he said.

“We are encouraging our community members to venture into bee keeping projects not only as a business but as a way to curb veld fires and keeping the environment safe from harm.”

Meanwhile, local trade promotion body, ZimTrade is spearheading the organic certification process across the country, with pineapple farmers under the Rusitu Valley Fruit Growers and Marketing Trust being the latest to benefit.

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