The honey production project in Margallas has not yet progressed

Islamabad: The honey production project initiated in Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) under the Billion Tree Honey Initiative has not progressed yet for obvious reasons.

According to the details, former Prime Minister Imran Khan personally initiated this project in the national park and also promised that the overall honey production in Pakistan would be increased up to 70,000 metric tons per year.

Former Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam became interested in the project and provided the local community of the national park with practical knowledge on beekeeping for the production of quality honey, free bee pollination to improve the quality and quantity of fruits, vegetables and biodiversity conservation.

Initially, it was decided that the production of fresh and organic honey from the Margalla Hills under the Billion Tree Honey Initiative would start from June 2021.

Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) PARC was supposed to help in the harvesting, extraction, quality testing, packaging and labeling of honey.

Malik Amin Aslam announced that Margallas branded honey would be offered in the market through PARC-Agro Tech Company.

Four species of bees are found in Pakistan. Three are indigenous and one is imported. These species are present in different ecological zones of the country. Native species are Apis dorsata, Apis cerana and Apis florea. The western species is Apis mellifera.

An official said the country produces about 12,000 metric tons of honey annually, with the lack of a global standard honey testing laboratory and regulatory body preventing it from exploring the export market untapped from the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia. He said, “The production of honey at Margalla Hills has been our main target for a long time and efforts are underway to make this project a success with the help of the relevant authorities.”

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