Speaking during the flagging off of 3.4 tonnes of organic honey processed by Mpundu Wild Honey Limited in Kabwe, Central province, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga said the market access to China is a milestone to Zambia’s diversification and economic growth agenda.
The export of honey to china follows the signing of an export protocol by President Edgar Lungu and his Chinese counterpart XI Jiping during his recent visit to china in September.
Zambia’s annual honey production is 2,500 tonnes and currently exports only 1,000 tonnes to the European and African Union leaving a surplus of 1,500 tonnes.
And Mpundu Wild Honey Limited Director Zhang Zhanping said the export of honey to China by Zambia will improve the economies of both countries through employment creation and international trade.
Zhanping said his company plans to increase honey production from the current 3.4 tonnes to 100, 000 tonnes by increasing the number of beekeepers to 1000.