The collection center is envisioned to eliminate the need and expense to travel to distant markets and provide buyers with direct access to fresh Honey. Under this MoU, Mr. Bee Honey Farms will be responsible for identifying the site of the collection center, securing its premises and assuming all operational costs including technical assistance, rent, utility bills and labor costs.
While the Entrepreneurs Project will be responsible to provide linkage to its cluster of Honey collectors and lead entrepreneurs as well as the provision of up to Rs.1, 000,000 in technically related equipment for the new collection center. Mr. Bee Honey Farms was established in 1994 with the technical assistance and support of Pak German Apiculture Promotion Project funded by the German Government (GTZ) with the aim to upgrade and promote beekeeping in the country.
The USAID Entrepreneurs Project has helped over 3,000 beekeepers in District Swat. The USAID-funded project provided these micro-entrepreneurs with essential collection tools, beehives, bee colonies, other equipment and training on improved practices. —INP