Three partners from North Macedonia implemented the project “Honey as food and medicine –how to achieve greater income”

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Beekeeper Natasa Konevska is located in a remote village in the northern part of Municipality Kriva Palanka, very close to the border with Bulgaria. Due to the high biodiversity, Natasa is producing the poly flora honey with extraordinary quality. Except for honey this household produce propolis and other beekeeping products. Apart from being an economic activity, beekeeping contributes greatly to the conservation of biodiversity as bees are the major pollinators. In this remote area, only a few more households exist, and it is difficult to survive without the neighbors and to preserve existing biodiversity. With the support of the grant scheme investment the electric centrifuge has been procured which will significantly shorten the time for this honey extraction.

Beekeeper Jagoda Velkovska from Kriva Palanka together with her husband Vanco wants to expand the beekeeping production to have higher quantities of bee products. This household also produces honey of high quality. With the project, Jagoda procured 15 beehives and other beekeeping equipment which is essential for increase beekeeping production.

Beekeeper Igorche Georgijevski is also a member of the cooperative Ekokooperativa from Kriva Palanka. Like the other two partners, this is small beekeeping farm has a plan to expand production and to start with the packaging of honey. With the project support additional 40 beehives were procured, as well as a small press for pollen patty, mill for sugar, bag welder, and beekeeping dress with cap. The beneficiary now has around 100 beehives and with procured equipment production of bee products can be modernized.

Project activities will further contribute to the development and strengthen the beekeeping value chain in the Cross-Border Region of “Pcinja-Krajishte”.

These investments are supported in 2020 within the Project: “Diversification of economic activities in rural areas of Southeast Europe: value chain investment support and capacity building” implemented by SWG RRD in partnership with GIZ.