The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV) is working hard to help honey farmers satisfy the standards for maintaining, promoting, and expanding the production of honey. At the beginning of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training for producers in the honey industry, LVV Agriculture Director Soedeshchand Jairam recently remarked this. This training was attended by one from Weg naar Zee and thirteen honey producers from Para.
Beekeepers from Coronie, Saramacca, Wanica, Paramaribo, and Commewijne, among others, were discussed at earlier training sessions. The training, provided by expert Peter van Oostveen, consisted of a theoretical part and a field visit to a honey producer in Weg naar Zee, where the participants were allowed to apply what they had learned in practice. The main objective of the training is to comply with international standards to access the market.
Trainer Van Oostveen informed the participants that Suriname produces good quality honey. However, much more attention must be paid to, among other things, the bottling of the product, labelling, traceability and cleaning maintenance in order to eventually gain access to the international market. In addition, food handling and pest control are also aspects that require attention