Ambassador launches honey collection centre at Madizini village

11Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Ambassador launches honey collection centre at Madizini village

BELGIUM ambassador to Tanzania Peter Van Acker has launched a special honey collection centre at Madizini village in Mvomero district, Morogoro region which is aimed to provide closer support to bee keepers in the area.

BELGIUM ambassador to Tanzania Peter Van Acker.

The centre, among others will be working to train residents on smart bee keeping, help them improve market as well as promote environmental conversation.

It has been built by students from a Belgian-based university AFD Aden Lauven and Mzumbe University through the Belgian funding agency VLIR-UOS.

Speaking during the launch of the centre, ambassador Acker urged Mvomero resident to utilize the centre and the opportunity by investing in bee keeping so as improving their incomes and fight poverty.

According to him, the centre will train and support farmers to be able to rise honey production from the current 300 litres to 10 tonnes of honey per year.

For her part, project’s leader from the Mzumbe University Dr Hawa Tundui noted that beekeeping in Tanzania is still a nascent industry for rewarding investment thus calling upon Tanzanians to chip in and start bee keeping projects.

She said that in collaboration with the Belgian funding agency VLIR-UOS, Mzumbe University is implementing a number of capacity-building projects and spin-offs including those on entrepreneurship and development.

Dr Tundui said that the major aim of the project is to support entrepreneurs rural areas improve their lives through environment-friendly projects.

She however said that the centre has some challenges including lack of modern   honey processing machines thus calling upon stakeholders to support it.“The project aims to reach up to 1000 bee keepers. My appeal is for the beneficiaries to work hard and as team so as to achieve the set goals,” she said.

Project coordinator Prof Arbogast Msambila explained that the construction of centre is a result of a number of surveys and researches done in the area and thus came up with the environment-friendly project.

He said that the implementation of the project will draw a number of villagers in bee keeping thus lifting their lives and at the same time conserving the environment.