Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jamaican Beekeepers Urged to Produce Apitherapy Products

Bee-Keeping By-Products are Relatively Untapped
Jamaica Gleaner, 8/16/2010

With the bee-keeping industry valued in excess of $1.3 billion and currently experiencing growth of 40 per cent, the Ministry of Agriculture says there is room to diversify the relatively untouched by-products and value-added markets.

The production, harvesting and marketing of other products of the beehive such as bee pollen, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, bee venom, queen bees and packaged bees (the latter for overseas targeted markets) are only marginally addressed by 1.2 per cent of the island's 1,202 bee-keepers.

At present, by-products and linkages generated locally and available on the domestic market include personal-care items such as soaps, ointments, shampoos, hair wax and candles from beeswax, jams and jellies, wines and infused flavoured honey...

Peddy said the value-added component of the apiculture industry has been relatively untapped because of the fact that financing for such ventures are often unavailable or too costly for individuals to undertake. The situation is also made difficult because farmers are required to source and secure their own markets…

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