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Bee industry projected to earn $1b this year


THE Ministry of Agriculture is projecting that Jamaica’s beekeeping industry will generate an estimated $1 billion in earnings from honey production in 2015.

This would be more than double the $450.5 million earned from the nearly 188,000 gallons of honey produced in 2014.

The projection was given by Luther Buchanan, minister of state in the ministry, at the graduation ceremony for participants in a 10-week introductory beekeeping course, held under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) project. The event was held at Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon on Wednesday.

Published in the Observer
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