By Gilbert Ekugbe
“African Organisation for Standadrisation (ARSO) is harmonizing standards on honey and the essence of this harmonization project is to boost intra -African trade and outside the continent. We are bringing standards from different countries to have one standard for Africa as far as honey is concerned.”
Osita Aboloma, Director -General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) disclosed this during a Technical Meeting with Honey Producers in Lagos.
“SON has noticed that people are not producing honey the way it should be done. We notice that honey producers are not bold enough to sell their products outside the shores of the country because they have not been able to meet the minimum requirements of the standards.
“With this harmonization coming up and the standards that will come out of this document, we will help honey producers to use standards to get it right and be able to have their products exported to the international market.
He pointed out the need for African countries to trade more with each other, maintaining that honey producers must adhere strictly to standards in a bid to meet expectations of consumers at the global market, while also producing quality products for the domestic market.
Osita Aboloma, said Nigerian honey is one of the best in the world because of its organic nature it is highly sought after.
The SON boss represented by the Director, Standards, SON, Chinyere Egwuonwu, explained that there are lots of benefits for honey producers who adopt standards for producing honey. It would give them the confidence to export their products with the right channel, stressing that and by so doing, it would boost the productivity and volumes of honey produced and exported.
By Gilbert Ekugbe