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Myanmar’s first bee-keeping centre opens in Pindaya

Bee-keepers inspect beehives on production of honey in Pindaya, Danu Self-Administered Zone in Shan State.—Thant Zin Win
Bee-keepers inspect beehives on production of honey in Pindaya, Danu Self-Administered Zone in Shan State.—Thant Zin Win

The country’s first bee keeping centre opened in Pindaya in the Danu Self-Administered Zone in southern Shan State on September 4.
The centre aims to generate new sources of incomes for locals, create a market for the sale of honey and other by-products and to become a tourist attraction in its own right.
The centre was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, TAG International Development, the Pao-O national social organisation Parami Development Network and the Pa-O Language and Culture Association.
Speaking at the opening, the CEO of TAG International Mr Yossi Ives said that the two-year Plan Bee Myanmar was made possible by UNOPS’ Livelihoods and Food Security Trust (LIFT) Fund, which provided US$763,000 in October 2013.
He said that entrepreneurs in Sweden, France and Nepal have already expressed interest in purchasing by-products from the centre.
According to a TAG official, the local community produced 3,000 kilogrammes of honey from farms across the region, which fetched 15 million kyat at a market price of K5,000 per kilogramme.
TAG is currently running five bee industry development offices in Shan State and plans to open more in other states and regions.

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