The Wales for Africa Fund of the Welsh Assembly Government
Richard Rowse and Brian Butcher, by way of the Rowse Family Trust
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African honey bees
African honey bees belong to the species Apis mellifera, the same species that is indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. In tropical Africa, the bees have evolved to suit the prevailing habitat and climate. For information about managing and keeping bees in Africa go to the Information Portal.
In many parts of Africa the system of honey bee management is close to a natural system. Honey bee populations are healthy and the harvested bee products are free from residues of medicines used to maintain bee health. In some markets these natural and clean products can fetch high prices. However, accessing distant markets requires supply chains and infrastructure which are missing in many parts of Africa. A new African honey trade network ApiTrade Africa has set out to address some of the problems and help beekeepers to reach new markets.
Export to the EU
The EU honey market is demanding in terms of regulation and certification. Only countries which have prepared acceptable Residue Monitoring Plans are allowed to export their honey to the EU. The list changes every year.
Most beekeepers in tropical Africa do not re-use honey comb (because most do not use frame hives), and harvest beeswax and honey together. This means that Africa is a leading beeswax exporter. For some beekeepers in Africa, beeswax is their primary product and honey a secondary product. Because African beekeepers do not use chemicals in their hives, their beeswax is clean and in high demand.
|Ethiopian Agriculture Board
|Ethiopia||Phone +251 912 038 353
|The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation
|Uganda||Phone: +256 414 258 070
|Tanzania Honey Council
|Tanzania||Phone: +255 754 026 652
|Kenya Honey Council
|Kenya||Phone: +264 722 521 873
|Zambia Honey Council
|Zambia||Phone: +260 212 222 607
|Fédération Rwandaise des Coopératives Apicoles
|Rwanda||Phone: +250 788 523 126
|Beekeepers Association of Zimbabwe
|Zimbabwe||Phone: +263 772973213
|Reseau Interprofessionnell des Apiculteurs du Cameroun
|Cameroon||Phone: +237 75335499
|Féderation National des Apiculteurs Malagasy
Phone: +261 343877445