Jimma Polytechnic College has completed its training for beekeepers and honey and wax processors in Jimma Zone of Oromia State.
Jimma (July 13, 2021), Federal Small and Medium Manufacturing Industry Promotion Authority and Small and Medium Enterprises Finance Project in collaboration with the Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute on beekeeping and honey processing The training is complete.
At the end of the training, Director General of the Authority, Asfaw Abebe, said efforts need to be made to benefit farmers, producers and the community by adding value to agricultural products.
He said a strong value chain needs to be created from the farmers to the beneficiaries to be successful in the sector.
He said the Authority will continue to strengthen its support to the sector. The Authority’s Deputy Director General for Development, Frehiwot W / Mariam, on her part said the technical trainings will help alleviate the problems of poor quality of production.
According to the Deputy Director General, the training, from beekeeping to honey processing and packaging, will enable the producers to become more effective and competitive in the future. According to Frehiwot Authority, the training will also help to alleviate the problems related to lack of awareness.
Ms. Menzwerk Gerefe, Finance Project Coordinator for Small and Medium Enterprises, briefed the trainees on the project. He said the project has been working to alleviate the financial problems of enterprises. The participants expressed a lot of knowledge and skills from the training and thanked the organizers of the training.
In order to be successful in the sector, he called for solutions to problems related to product packaging and access and to provide monitoring and support. At the Jimma Polytechnic College campus, 37 beekeepers and honey and wax processors from Jimma town and surrounding woredas participated in the training.