The County Government of Turkana will put up a honey processing and aggregation plant at Kalemngorok area of Turkana South Sub-County.
The County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun said that the processing plant has been budgeted for under the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Project (NARIGP). The plant, he said, would be a game-changer especially for farmers in Kaputir Ward who have traditionally been known for honey production though in low quantities.
Construction of a similar plant will be undertaken in Turkwell Ward of Loima Sub-County. The private sector has been asked to support county Government programs on the bee value chain to ensure that its potential in Turkana is fully realized. The programs include strengthening extension services and market linkages of honey producer groups and cooperatives in different parts of the County.
CEC Aemun expressed optimism’s that a strategic collaboration to champion commercial organic honey would be effective and transformational to honey producer groups and consumers. He was speaking when he officially opened the beekeeping, honey processing and marketing strategy workshop in Lodwar.
The workshop whose objective included increasing the production of hive products brought together representatives from the research, producers, processors, policymakers and development partners.