Chinese technology to help boost honey production in Pakistan
Beekeeping and honey production are environmentally friendly non-farm business activities with enormous potential to provide a wide range of economic benefits to Pakistan, but unfortunately this sector is underdeveloped due to a multitude of factors, including nectar plants damaged by pesticides, non-application of current technologies and lack of certification resulting in low production.
In Pakistan, each beekeeper produces an average of 11.7 kg of honey in 2019, compared to 20.6 kg on the global average. Considering a whole range of advantages in this sector, the government conducted a proprietary analysis to design a mechanism to improve the quality of honey production, provide livelihoods for beekeepers and support business. through the provision of financial resources.
According to the Prime Minister’s Ten Billion Tree Tsunami program, approximately 10,000 beekeepers are expected to use 300,000 colonies to produce 7,500 metric tons of honey per year. By using modern beekeeping equipment, training in the latest practices, product standardization and certification, and intense marketing, the potential to generate 70,000 metric tonnes of honey from the same harvest could be increased. Pakistan is home to four different bee species, three of which are native to Pakistan and one is western. Apis Dorsata, Apis Cerana and Apis Florea are the native species found in various biological areas of the country, while Apis Mellifera is a western species. Around 7,000 beekeepers already keep Apis Mellifera in modern beehives. Pakistan hopes to generate an income of Rs 35-43 billion (approximately $ 218-267 million) and create more than 87,000 green jobs through the sale of 70,000 metric tonnes of honey. The pleasant environment of the country and the beekeeping flora offer an ideal potential for the expansion of beekeeping activity. Beehive flora can support over 1,000,000 honey bee colonies and can be found in all provinces, including northern regions, FATA and AJK. With the growth of the beekeeping sector, more and more people are turning to self-employment as commercial beekeepers to supplement their income. Honey production is planned for places with a lot of wild plantations and agricultural farms.