The National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) in collaboration with the Regional Secretariats (RAs), Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and National Beekeeping Supplies Limited including key stakeholders in 10 regions, and designed a Five Years’ Eastern Central & Western Tanzania Asali Corridor Programme (EC & WT Asali Corridor), from 2013/14-202017/18, intending to increase honey production and subsequently empower the beekeepers. The 10 regions falling under the EC & WT Asali Corridor are Pwani, Tanga, Morogoro, Manyara, Dodoma, Iringa, Singida, Tabora, Katavi na Kigoma.
The broad objective of this Programme is to promote beekeeping and conserve the environment in sustainable approach. The specific objectives are;
- To promote the use of modern beehives and beekeeping equipment in order to increase honey production and raising quality and standards of honey
- To facilitate, sensitize and organize the individual beekeepers and groups to join SACCOS, PCS, or AMCOS,
- To facilitate the establishment of a defined honey market through establishment of honey collection centers and promote the use of Warehouse Receipt System (WRS),
- To facilitate the establishment and integration of the traceability and registration system in beekeeping industry,
- To facilitate the establishment of honey processing industries and promote competition in a defined honey market,
- To promote Tanzania Asali brand, and
- To facilitate the preparations and adoption of by laws, this will enhance the implementation, supervision, monitoring, and evaluation.
The realization of these objectives to larger extent will depend on the participation of stakeholders and key players in beekeeping sector.
Since it was designed Asali Corridor program has achieved the following:
- Facilitating the establishment of 26 beekeeping cooperatives,
- Launching of honey traceability project whose aims is to embrace traceability of honey from production sites, collection centres and to the selling points,
- Training of beekeeping cooperatives by the NMB Foundation for Agricultural Development,
- There are ongoing discussion on establishment and financing of Warehouse Receipt System for honey which involve the Tanzania Warehouse Licensing Board (TWLC), NMB Foundation for Agricultural Development, GS 1 Tanzania National Limited, and
- Honey and Wax are officially included in the list of Common Use Items and Services by the Government Procurement Services Agency (GPSA) as from 2014/15 financial year, which means the Government institutions can buy honey and wax a situation which was not there before under Public Procurement Services Agency.
Such achievements which have been achieved have attracted many stakeholders from all over the country who want to join the euphoria of beekeeping.