Training to increase honey production Post TC Winston
11:29 Mon Feb 27, 2017
Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Praneeta Prakash
Lead beekeepers from Vanua Levu participated in a week long training in an effort to revive Fiji’s honey industry, which was devastated by Cyclone Winston.
SPC Land Resources Division Director, Jan Helsen says prior to TC Winston, the local honey sector was estimated to be worth $3.5 million and it was predicted to become one of Fiji’s big earners in the agriculture sector in years to come.
A survey carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture found that the majority of Fijian bee farms lost some of their hives during the cyclone, causing a sharp drop in honey production in 2016.
Fiji Beekeepers Association President, John Caldeira says the training will help beekeepers restore and enhance their beehives, which will increase honey production and improve quality of honey produced.
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