Bee City Project to boost Saint Lucia’s apiary industry

By Export Saint Lucia

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(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Export Saint Lucia and Compete Caribbean hosted a National Beekeepers Meeting earlier this week.

The meeting is an activity of the “Bee City Project,” which seeks to address the issues and to stimulate growth of the island’s honey industry.

Honey production and exports present a viable economic option for certain demographics on the island. Honey is a much sought-after commodity in specialty markets and by conscious health consumers.

The main objective of the Bee City Project is to position Saint Lucia’s honey in the niche export markets through the development of a cluster model, which aims to increase the competitiveness of each stakeholder in the cluster.

The project seeks to build the capacity of local industry stakeholders and new entrants to drive the expansion of the honey sub-sector, including the support services organizations.

The National Beekeepers Meeting was held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Grande Riviere Human Resource Centre, Dennery.

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