A 2007 study in northern Kenya found that honey production is expanding in Kenya, but data on production trends, processing and marketing is fragmented. Annual production is estimated at 700 metric tonnes . The arid and semi-arid lands yield only crudely processed honey for urban markets.
Introduction of better technology hives can significantly improve the yields and quality of bee products. Local marketing systems should be strengthened through organization of traders and bee-keepers. To enhance the market competitiveness, honey requires improved processing and quality assurances.
To reduce costs, processed honey should be packaged in bulk using plastic jerry cans. To improve quality and price, traders should blend crude (and uniformly ripe) honey from sources with similar viscosity, colour, and nector source plants.
The Kenya honey council was formed in 2003. Its objectives are to:
Provide a forum for stakeholders in the bee industry to promote, coordinate and safeguard their interests, facilitate growth and expansion, and promote awareness of bee products and bee keeping.
It lobbies the government for favourable policies that support growth and expansion of beekeeping.
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