Pakistan Observer

USAID’s Entrepreneurs Project signs MoU to establish honey collection centre

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Islamabad—The USAID’s Entrepreneurs Project, implemented by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mr. Bee Honey Farms to establish a honey collection center in the District Swat with the goal of improving the livelihoods of lead entrepreneurs and collectors in the Honey Value Chain. Mr. Bee Honey Farms and the USAID Entrepreneurs Project, have a common vision of promoting economic development and empowerment at the grass root level for the lead entrepreneurs and collectors the majority of whom are women. The purposes of this joint collaboration is to establish a collection center for Honey at the district level of KP (Districts Swat) for the honey producers and collectors supported to date by MEDA, which will create opportunities for close contact with the buyers and market the Honey products at a better price than normally obtained at the wholesale level.

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
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