Value Chain Analysis of the Honey Sector Report
Honey production in Uganda is largely organic and still very low compared to domestic demand with more consumers substituting sugar for honey in their diets due to perceived medicinal value. As a result, supply response in Uganda is not meeting the rapidly expanding domestic and regional demand. Honey is largely traded informally across borders in the East African Community (EAC).
The report notes that the honey value chain is still relatively unstructured with the majority of players being micro and small players at production and trade levels. However, the value chain is relatively integrated, with a number of producers engaged as own processors, supplying to retailers and the final consumers.
The markets for other bee-products are still underdeveloped and this provides potential for expanding end-markets for the honey sub-sector. Most of these products which include: propolis, venom, wax are underexploited, in spite of available end-markets and proven technologies to utilize them.
- Bee products are mainly traded in form of pure honey, combed honey, boiled honey. The report recommends that in the short term, efforts to improve the Honey sector should concentrate on strengthening the existing linkages between producers, processors and traders as well building new sustainable links, with the aim of boosting quantities supplied as well as adherence to quality standards.
- In the medium term, there’s need to strengthening advocacy through a multi actor platform such as TUNADO. The approach will borrow from other stronger platforms like the one for coffee sub-sector.
- In the long term, there is a need to change the perception of producers to see bee keeping as a source of income and employment. For this enterprise to thrive, conservation of environmental resources has to be given priority including reforestation, conserving water resources and minimizing pollution.