Beekeeping is considered one of the most important agricultural activities around the world. Honey production is particularly suitable in Viet Nam, given the warm climate and abundant source of bile which blossom all year long.
Many farmers in the rural areas of Viet Nam have traditional skills in beekeeping and honey collecting. In addition, modern techniques have gradually developed in many areas of the country accounting for 50 percent of Viet Nam’s total output.
The domestic market remains low and it still depends on retailing and trust between sellers and buyers rather than understanding of the product. In Ba Be National Park, the season for honey collection is between April and July every year, however many locals practice beekeeping through traditional methods and advanced techniques as well.
The honey value chain in Ba Be includes input suppliers (wax, glass bottles, sugars), harvest/production and processing made by beekeepers in Ba Be National Park or bee hunters in other districts, distribution by buyers in the communes or small local shops, and consumption by users in the region or tourists visiting the National Park.
The potential of honey to generate additional income in Ba Be is about 20 percent of their total income, given that investment in beekeeping is more efficient than that in other farming activities such as pig and chicken raising. The opportunities from the development of this value chain relay on the increasing demand and quality reputation of local honey in addition to willingness from local people for beekeeping. The contribution to raising crop yields is another benefit from this activity in the region
The BBP project aims to upgrade the honey value chain in Ba Be National Park by developing appropriate organizational structure for beekeepers and promote advanced techniques in order to build a brand for Ba Be National Park’s honey and enhance links between producers and traders through a win-win approach.