The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) played a lead role in organising the 7th National Honey week with technical and financial backstopping by apiculture Multi stakeholder platform members in Uganda ( UNBS, Self Help Africa, The Hunger Project, Trias, Bees for Development, Swiss Contact, Environmental Alert, Agro Market day and Ministry of Agriculture) The event was organised under the theme "Quality Bee Products, a means for ready Market” and took place from 22nd-27th August 2016 at Forest Mall, Lugogo
This annual event attracted 95 exhibitors across the country with over 12000 patrons tasting honey and buying other bee products. The main objective of this year’s National Honey week was to advocate for quality bee products as a means to access existing and emerging markets. Specifically, the Honey week defined what quality bee products are, demonstrated quality control and assurance mechanisms and also created a business platform for exhibitors to showcase, network and market their products and services in apiculture. The event activities were presided over by different officials; the press conference and the opening ceremony of the four day exhibition on 24/08/16 were presided over by Hon. Christopher Kibazanga-State minister for Agriculture production. The closing ceremony on 27/08/16 was officiated by Executive Director of UNBS, Dr. Ben Manyindo accompanied by various officials including Country Director Trias, Mr. Januario Ntungwa, Project Manager IMU Swisscontact Uganda, Ms. Carol Asiimwe. Ms. Maria Odido, Chairperson Uganda Export Promotion Board officiated at the first Apiculture Processors’ Forum in which she emphasized the need for joint advocacy by chain actors for tax free honey processing equipment because they are vital in quality assurance and for sector growth.
Figure Hon. Kibazanga being guided in a stall tour by the ED TUNADO
Mr. Biryomumaisho Dickson
Unique about this year’s event was the a) Bee lottery which was raffled on the official closing ceremony and the winner, Dr. Robert Kajobe, Director NARO Rwebitaba won a fully sponsored trip to Api Expo in Rwanda. B) Bee Quiz in which the winner, Mr. Okuga Ezekiel won a 10 percent cash prize of the total collections for the bee quiz, c) Apiculture processors’ forum where different scholars disseminated their research findings on importance of pollination, honey characterization, bee diseases and their prevention and the importance of product certification d) Judging exercise to come up with the best exhibitor 2016:
1. Overall winner: Bushenyi Connoisseur Honeys
2. Best Processor and Packer: Blessed Bee for Life
3. Best Producer Association- Mbale Coalition against poverty- MBALE CAP
4. Best Equipment manufacturer and suppliers – Green and White Enterprises
5. Best Training and extension- Adraa Agricultural College
6. Best Innovation- Quality Bee Venom
7. Best branding and design- Bugaari Winery
TUNADO was also pleased to host Dr. Wolfgang Ritter Director Reference lab- OIE from Germany together with Mr. Martin Ritter & Ms. Gozde Okcu ….,….. of Bees for the World, Mr. Simon Samuel Tesfay and Mr. Semere Teklemichael Haille from Ministry of Agriculture Eritrea, Director Bees for Development- Ghana, Dr. Kwame Aidoo and Mr. Otieno Fredrick from African Beekeeping Resource Centre (ABRC) Kenya.
TUNADO is grateful to its partners, Bees for Development UK, The Hunger Project, Trias, Swisscontact, Environmental Alert, ZOA, Self-help Africa for the financial and technical support that made the event exceptional.
Mr. Mugisha Elly(Middle) poses for a photo with Ms. Maria Odido greeting some exhibitors,
Dr. Ben Manyindo(1st from left), at the closing ceremony of the event Left,