Local weather change, environmental points and the heavy use of agrochemicals are threatening the survival of the virtually US$5billion home honey manufacturing sector, the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana (CAG) has disclosed.
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CAG’s Chief Government Officer, Anthony Selorm Morrison, chatting with the B&FT on the dwindling fortunes of the trade, stated honey manufacturing booms on natural agroecology methods the place bees thrive in a extra pure atmosphere than chemically polluted circumstances.
The ever-increasing reliance on the usage of chemical compounds, most of that are dangerous to the survival of bees, in line with Mr. Morrison, has develop into a bane to the sector.
Information from CAG signifies the nation at present produces somewhat over US$168million value of honey yearly, however that might skyrocket to greater than US$5billion if the suitable methods are adopted and high quality of the commodity given precedence.
China, the second largest international exporter of honey, made some US$260million from the commodity in 2021. Apparently, that nation additionally leads 90 % of world pretend honey manufacturing as its honey merchandise don’t represent even 30 % of pure honey.
However CAG maintained that Ghana has a extra conducive and agroecological benefit to derive extra from honey than China if the suitable methods are adopted to extend manufacturing.
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“CAG has mango farms, cocoa farms, cashew farms, orange farms piloted for honey manufacturing; however the rising problem of illness management via chemical compounds have made it troublesome to maintain up with the worldwide demand,” he added.
In Europe, pollination is usually performed by corporations which give such providers with bees and cost charges. In Ghana and Africa, nonetheless, pollination is completed naturally by bees within the wild with out a price. This, in line with CAG, provides big alternatives for Ghana to extend manufacturing.
“We are able to solely attraction to the Environmental Safety Company to manage and additional scrutinise the kind of chemical compounds which are being imported for agriculture functions. A few of the chemical compounds should not pleasant towards honey manufacturing,” the Chamber’s CEO lamented.
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Proposed methods by CAG to extend manufacturing
The Chamber argued that secondary faculties will be resourced to develop at the very least 10 acre cashew, orange, or coconut farms, as these crops are splendid as a result of they aren’t closely disease-induced in comparison with cocoa and mango, amongst others.
About 200 secondary faculties, CAG famous, can undertake this initiative on the 10-acre plantation and by the point the farm is round three years, beehives will be positioned on such farms. In 5 years, he stated, extra money could possibly be constructed from the honey produced than from the money crops.
“Assuming every of 200 secondary faculties have 10-acre beehives, and every acre accommodates 10 beehives. That’s 20,000 beehives and this initiative alone ought to generate not lower than US$ 1.5 billion value of honey yearly,” Mr. Morrison indicated.
There are greater than 700 secondary faculties in Ghana as of 2021 per the GES faculties register for 2020.
Commonplace and high quality of Ghana’s honey
The Chamber, in partnership with the livestock division of the Ministry of Meals and Agriculture (MoFA), has a laboratory for testing domestically produced honey.
CAG can also be holding a collection of coaching for honey producers within the Northern, Volta and Oti Areas.
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