Apitrade Africa in partnership with MINAGRI & NAEB on 21st-26th September 2016 organised the 5th All Africa Honey industry exposition in Kigali Rwanda. This pan-African business forum was organised to promote businesses involved in the honeybee industry in Africa. This year’s Apiexpo was organised under the theme “Driving socio-Economic Transformation in Africa: The Role of Commercial Beekeeping”

 Participants pose with the 3rd Overall Best Exhibitor Certificate

TUNADO in a bid to fulfill her strategic objectives of membership servicing and apiculture promotion, supported her members to participate in Apiexpo by procuring 12M2 exhibition space and negotiating registration fees with Apitrade Africa. Thanks to Trias Uganda for supporting this initiative. The purpose for TUNADO’s participation was to share knowledge on TUNADO’s work towards honey sector growth in Uganda and for members to showcase their products, market, share ideas and be exposed to different bee products and services as well as securing business contacts. 7 members (Blessed Bee for Life products, Ojova Natural Honey, Gates Holdings Ltd, Jjllima Holdings Ltd, Malaika Honey, Bushenyi Connoisseur Honeys Cooperative, Bunyangabu Bee keepers Cooperative & Tropical Beekeeping Institute) showcased their products under the TUNADO stall. In attendance was Dr. Robert Kajobe-Director NARO Rwebitaba who won a fully sponsored trip for being the winner of the Bee Lottery during the 7th National Honey Week.  Different bee products were showcased such as honey, beeswax, honey wine, crude propolis & tincture, beeswax candles, beeswax jelly, beeswax creams, smokers, gloves, Bee suits and beeswax soap. The Ugandan stall stood out of the crowd because they are the only ones who had other honey value added products and the children warning on their labels (Honey not good for children below one year).
Members participated in several activities apart from showcasing their products such as attending presentations where very beneficial lessons were learnt especially marketing beekeeping to school children & University graduates to curb unemployment among the youth, api-tourism as an alternative source of household income to beekeepers, using bees to conserve gorilla habitat & using a gorilla honey jar to promote gorilla protection,  umuganda (community cleaning)  where they planted bee forage on roadsides as well as a football match  between Africa Honeybee FC and Rwanda Honeybee FC where Rwanda Honeybee FC beat African Honeybee FC one to nil.
The event did not go without challenges such as: language barrier since most of the visitors (beekeepers) to the stalls couldn’t speak English which made information sharing difficult, the exhibition venue was in upmarket Kigali which was not accessible to the general population leading to limited sales, members’ exhibits were also withheld at the Gatuna border for lack of enough documentation. It is on this very note that TUNADO urges her members to make adequate preparations and adhere to the required documentation to avoid future inconveniences. Don’t miss out on the important information required for you to export in our next issue After 5 days of participating in several event activities including the judging exercise, the TUNADO stall was declared 3rd overall best exhibitor and was awarded a certificate of recognition. Thank you TUNADO members for making Uganda proud. TUNADO & your country are proud of you!!!

Some of the Participants pose for a photo