Business View Caribbean | May 2021

5 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN MAY 2021 A week-long Honey Certification Scheme Training Program for beekeepers I n 2019 Export Saint Lucia successfully presented a proposal for funding for a cluster project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through Compete Caribbean, towards the development and eventual export of Saint Lucia honey. The “Bee City” Cluster project has various components, including creating a profile for Saint Lucia honey, marketing, and promotion in international markets. Monday, April 26th, 2021 saw the BEE CITY CLUSTER PROJECT – A CERTIFIED BUZZ commencement of a week-long Honey Certification Scheme Training Program for beekeepers, extension officers, and other stakeholders. The program will train the beekeepers in the National Standard SLN 99 towards the implementation of the afore- mentioned certification scheme. This training program will ensure that stakeholders in the apiculture sector are fully aware of the requirements needed to produce a sustainable product along the supply chain and export more of the product soon. It is expected that once certified, our honey product will have unopposed entry into all other trading markets to which Saint Lucia has access. OPENING L INES