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ZHC ACHIEVEMENTS 2012 TO DATE

 

From time in memorial Zambia Honey Council has been and is working hard in improving and touching beekeepers lives around the country. From 2012 todate Zambia Honey Council has the following achievements to share:-

Credit Schemes

ZHC through a Memorundum of Understanding with a Microfinance Company (Cetzam Financial Services PLC)has linked its beekeepers and traders to access finacial services offered to boost their businesses of which 4 buyers and 292 beekeepers are enjoying the services.

Change of Location (Offices)

ZHC shifted its offices from Council of Curches along Bishops Road, Kabulonga in Lusaka to a much bigger office in Ibex Hill plot number 100/647 Lusaka

Human Resources

ZHC employed 2 more field officers who were taken to Lukulu and KapiriMposhi

Procurment

ZHC purchased 2 Motor bikes which were given to the field officers in Lukulu and KapiriMposhi.

ZHC purchased 46 bicycles which were given to the Study Cycle organisers to help them be more mobile

Study Cycle

ZHC trained 26 Study Cycle organisers in Kabombo and Petauke districts

ZHC conducted trainings in:- Field standards, Bulking centre manegement, sms market information, Gender and HIV/AIDS

Construction

ZHC constructed 3 Bulking centres in Petauke district through the Trade and Investment Project for enhanced competitiveness of the AP Culture Sector (TIPEC - ZAS)

Lobby and Advocacy

ZHC conducted a Stake Holders meeting on the implication of the Statutory Instrument 52 of 2013 where Honey is to be taxed by the Zambian Government and its effect in the Honey sector. However, we are still waiting to hear the response from the government.

 

ZHC CREDIT SCHEME WORKSHOP

 

planBuilding upon the successful consultancy to ZHC by PROINVEST, where a detailed analysis of both the apiculture sector and the role that ZHC can play in helping develop this industry was undertaken. One of the key constraints identified was the lack of accessible finance to different business entities identified along the value chain. So as to avoid bottlenecks in the supply of honey to the consumer it was felt that by following and supporting all players along the value chain, this will be a successful strategy. This type of support is already being effectively implemented by other associations such as ZNFU and the Cotton Association of Zambia. It is from this position that ZHC has taken up the initiative to source funding support to introduce credit management assistance  along the value chain to its members with the ultimate objective of improving access to finance by ZHC members.
The workshop targeted honey processors and traders as a sample group with representation from the honey producing districts.


The workshop is part of the planned support to ZHC members in improving services to members. This particular need “Lack of Adequate Access to Finance” by members was identified in a previous study undertaken by ZHC in the first quarter of 2011. ZHC will charge a small fee to members for facilitating financial linkages which are to help towards increasing the council’s sustainability.
The main workshop output was to help with improved access to finance for players supporting the value chain and in particular producers and processors. From previous studies one of the major constraints identified was poor access to finance by producers and processors thus limiting their capacities to grow their businesses.


The methodology used was in a consultative process where a short summary concerning the industry status was presented highlighting:

The training materials and models will be deigned using information from previous studies, interviews with both potential borrowers and suppliers of finance while being in compliance with the regulatory laws as guided by the Bank of Zambia.
Specific financial related identified needs captured in the meeting were:

 

ZHC ENCOURAGING WOMEN .....

Interest in bee keeping for many woman has been influenced by what members of the communities in various districts have heard about what bee keeping can do in changing people's lives and how to sustain a living.... read more