Cuba is implementing a development program until 2030 to better exploit its beekeeping productive potential and to develop new products with higher added values.
Over the past few years, the country has invested more than $10 million to modernize beekeeping equipment of at the two honey processing plants that exist in Cuba, one in the center and the other in the east. The construction of a third in the west is expected to commence soon.
The investment included the supply of new technological laboratory equipment and the assembly of a bottling system, which processes three tons of honey daily, three times more than in the past.
Sector leaders have said that although the sector already contributes more than $20 million annually to the Cuban economy, increased bee honey extraction levels would enhance the variety of products on offer and further stimulate revenue streams.
Miriam Concepción Apiasmin, the sales manager at APICUBA (theC uban honey producing group), told The Havana Reporter that Apiasmin, a combination of honey, propolis and pollen that has a high nutritive content, is energy-giving and enhances the immunological system, was one such product.
The group also produce Propomiel, highly effective in fighting the flu and respiratory diseases, Panmiel, a quality honey with a high pollen content and Proforte, an excellent nutritional supplement made from diverse beehive elements.
The sector is also working with other Cuban entities such as Laboratorios Farmacéuticos (Pharmaceutical Laboratories, LABIOFAM), CubaRon S.A. firm and Tecnoazúcar (from AZCUBA sugar group) to market their latest products.
According to APICUBA director Lázaro Bruno García, some 160,000 boxes of rum with honey are expected to be produced next year and pharmaceutical products like Ferrical (to fight anemia) are already in production, as are candies, cosmetics and other honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis based products in collaboration with the aforementioned institutions and others like the Public Health Ministry.
The production of healthier and higher quality organic honey is also being increased to satisfy increasing demand on the international market.
Cuba produces some 8,000 tons of honey annually, 6,500 of which are for export.
Considerably greater volumes are expected to be produced in the mid and long terms.
Many of the above products were on display during a trade show at the 12th Latin American Congress on Apiculture and the 6th Cuban Congress on Apiculture, held at the Havana Convention Center, where delegates from 25 countries Latin American, European, Asian and African nations participated.
The president of the Latin American Federation of Apiculture, Misael Cuevas Bravo, praised Cuba’s achievements in diversifying honey production.
This, he noted, is not seen in other countries in the region or other parts of the world, where agri-business has turned beekeepers into mere honey producers for first world countries which, in turn, industrialize their raw material and thus obtain the greatest economic benefit.Share on FB Share on TT