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Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:01 - Updated Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:00

FAO to certify Huila's honey

Lubango - The honey produced in the southern Huila Province, will be certified by the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in February 2020.

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Huila: IDF provincial director, Abel Zamba

Photo: Amélia Oliveira

The plan is to allow the local beekeepers to sell the product at the formal market and also make way for exportation, as the province has a production estimated in more than two thousand litres of honey.

To this end, the Forest Development Institute (IDF) in Huíla awaits the technical team from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) that will evaluate the product's quality, hygiene on the production and conservation process.

According to IDF director in Huila, Abel Zamba, the FAO team will also, for the certification process, require assembly of centrifuges and other equipment in beekeeper applications.

He also explained that the beekeepers of the province have no selling power, due to the fact that their product is not recognized internationally, which makes businesspersons shay away from buying it, reason why they are waiting for the visit of FAO technicians to have the situation reversed.

He said that the institute has already trained members of two beekeepers associations, with 60 people in total, in the municipalities of Jamba and Cuvango. They are already working with some of the material, waiting for more than 20 Langstroth hives.

“The idea of ​​the hive is to avoid traditional methods. If in the craft work comes out five litres, with the Langstroth hive you get 30 litres of honey, then you must decant the product, pass through a centrifuge for the honey to come out clean and preserved and then sell to the super markets”, he explained.

He emphasized the need for the initiative not only for the Ministry of Agriculture, but also the local government, non-governmental organizations and businesspeople, since it is an activity that can help with food and community nutritional safety.

Abel Zamba explained that the intention of the institution’s  training programme is to provide beekeepers with knowledge on how to deal with the product and inside the traditional practices, the associates can introduce modern honey production and processing techniques, so it can be attractive for the market and expand to other municipalities.

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