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2 Million Litres Of Honey Produced Yearly – SNV Adviser 

By Jeff Ngawe Yufenyu

The Technical Adviser at the Northwest Regional Office of the Netherlands Development Organisation, SNV, Julius Niba Fon, has said about two million litres of honey is produced every year in Cameroon.    

He made the statement during a workshop for stakeholders of the honey sector in the Northwest Region that took place on July 16 at the Presbyterian Church Centre, Mankon Bamenda. The workshop aimed at sharing some outcomes of studies undertaken in the honey sector around the Kilum/ Ijim forest area. It also analysed the sector in view of defining the way forward for wider capacity-building support to the honey sector in the Northwest Region.

Niba Fon, who supervised the studies carried out around the Kilum/Ijim forest area, said there were about 200,000 beekeepers with an average of about 50 hives per bee farmer. According to the Technical Adviser, the bee farmers could fetch an annual income of FCFA 2 billion. Fon regretted that most bee farmers look at bee keeping from the social point of view rather than from strictly a business perspective. He said, in the Northwest Region, honey is a great potential for income and for employment.

The SNV Adviser enumerated some challenges the bee farmers face to include low production, poor bottling, labeling and marketing. According to an SNV consultant, Isabella Ade, following the study carried out around the Kilem/Ijim forest area, the Fundong, Belo, Njinikom, Jakiri and Oku communities are the only places in Cameroon where the white honey brand is produced.

Isabella Ade stated that there are 16 groups with 648 white honey producers. These groups produce an estimated 19,792 litres of white honey annually, she said. A beneficiary organization to SNV capacity development services of Belo Rural Development Project, BERUDEP, Simon Ngwanmbi, shared the experiences of BERIDEP with other participants at the workshop.

The workshop that was moderated by William Shei Kanjo, a rural development consultant, was attended by stakeholders in the honey sector of the seven Divisions of the Northwest Region.
After the workshop, the participants concerted in view of forming an organization that will take care of the interest of bee farmers of the Region.

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