Beekeeping has made a considerable progress in southern Helmand province, where 13 tonnes of honey was produced this year.
About two years ago, farmers in Helmand were distributed honeybees by the Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development - Facility (CARD-F), a joint entity established under the auspices of the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) cluster ministries.
And today (Wednesday), an exhibition involving beekeepers showcasing their products was organised at the Bost University in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
CARD-F head Baryalai Helmand told Pajhwok Afghan News farmers from Lashkargah, Nad Ali, Greshk, Marja, Nawa and other districts have put on display their honey products at the exhibition.
He said the day-long event was attended by nearly 70 farmers with their products.
Baryalai said the honey industry was flourishing in Helmand and had progressed a lot during the past two years.
Since the start of the year, he said, so far 13 tonnes of honey has been produced in the province.
“The production may be more because some farmers are yet to inform us about their honey production,” he said.
Baryalai said there was no problem in selling honey because the product was quickly sold after production.
Bost University teacher Mohammad Hashim Noorani told Pajhwok Afghan News the exhibition was aimed at encouraging farmers to start beekeeping and to find market for the product. “Helmand is very suitable for beekeeping,” he said.
A farmer from Nad Ali district, Toor Jan, told Pajhwok Afghan News he owned two beehives two years ago, but now their number had increased to nine.
“This year I gathered 150 kilograms of honey. Bees in Helmand produce honey five times a year.” He said the only problem in beekeeping in Helmand was wasps that killed bees.
Helmand Agriculture and Livestock acting director Shukrullah Shakiri also said honey production had increased this year. However, he said farmers should be imparted training to enable them to keep the bees alive.