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By MAILESI BANDA COM­MU­NITY Mar­kets for Con­ser­va­tion (COMACO) is work­ing to­wards ex­port­ing honey and peanut but­ter to the United King­dom and the United States of Amer­ica, as­sis­tant sales and mar­ket­ing

has re­vealed.

Mr. Mafinge said the two prod­ucts had at­tracted the mar­ket in th­ese two coun­tries adding that they had sent en­quires to COMACO to sup­ply that mar­ket.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion, Mr. Mafinge said they were work­ing to­wards the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the prod­ucts to suit in­ter­na­tional stan­dards to get into the ex­port mar­ket.

He re­vealed that they had the ca­pac­ity to sup­ply the mar­ket, adding that they would scale up once all the doc­u­ments for ex­ports were in place.

“COMACO is work­ing to­wards pen­e­trat­ing the ex­port mar­ket with our honey and peanut but­ter which has re­ceived in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion and we are re­ceiv­ing en­quires from the USA and UK mar­ket,” he said.

Mr. Mafinge also said COMACO had the ca­pac­ity to meet the de­mand for peanut but­ter and honey for both lo­cal con­sump­tion and the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

He stated that plans were un­der­way scale up pro­duc­tion to meet the de­mand for the com­modi­ties, adding that lo­gis­tics and the mar­ket had al­ready been worked on.

Mr. Mafinge said COMACO pro­duced 15 tonnes of honey and about 80 tonnes of peanut but­ter monthly for lo­cal con­sump­tion, adding that meet­ing the de­mand for the ex­port mar­ket would not be a chal­lenge.

He ex­plained that the ma­jor chal­lenge with honey was that pro­duc­tion de­pended on the weather pat­tern which he how­ever said could be rec­ti­fied by the dis­tri­bu­tion of bee­hives in more ar­eas than they cur­rently had.

“The weather has an im­pact on the pro­duc­tion of honey but this will not stop us from meet­ing the de­mand from the ex­port mar­ket since we will dis­trib­ute in­crease our dis­tri­bu­tion of bee­hives,” Mr. Mafinge said.

He also noted that Mwinilunga was the largest pro­ducer of honey, adding that more bee­hives would be set up in the area to in­crease pro­duc­tion.

Mr. Mafinge

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