Mondulkiri: The Cambodian Rural Research and Development Institute [CIRD] is in the process of applying for the registration of wild honey in Mondulkiri province to become a geographical indication so that honey products will not be relocated Falsifying the name of Mondulkiri honey continues.
Mr. Prak Sereyvath, President of CIRD, said that the reason for wanting to register this Mondulkiri wild honey is because Mondulkiri wild bees have a long history. And as many people know, it is easy to advertise.
He said: "This product is a product that has a reputation from the beginning, we have all heard that when talking about. The wild bees are from Mondulkiri, as if we are talking about Pursat oranges, they are from Battambang, if we are talking about peppers, they are from Kampot. ” .
The process of preparing the registration of GI so far has been sent to the Ministry of Commerce and is still waiting for the decision of the Ministry. .
He said that the main purpose of registering this wild honey to protect intellectual property, improve the livelihood of beekeepers and contribute to the conservation of natural resources. Part too. "We register those who are not in the area, do not produce according to the charge book, we do not use the name of wild bees Mondulkiri "No, then we can reduce some fraud, so the real beekeeper will benefit, he is easier to sell."
According to Mr. Kanh Bophat, President of the Mondulkiri Wild Bee Conservation Association, in one year, the community can collect wild honey into the community. From 20 tons to 30 tons, if you add up the whole province, there are about 70 tons, and the honey that the community collects is all bees.
He said that in one day, his community sells from 50 to 100 liters of honey. The time for collecting wild honey is between March and June. The community has 11 groups of wild bee collectors with 516 members. Community honey is marketed in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and also sold online.
"Through community mobilization, people are turning their attention to forest conservation because they can earn a living," he said. By finding wild honey to sell at an affordable price.
Ms. Srov Phari, a representative of the community in the protected area of Mondulkiri province and a collector of wild bees, said that the collection of wild honey is not always acceptable. No, only those who find honey must join the bee colony first. "The reason we let him become a member is so that he can learn the techniques of collecting bees. "Sustainability is not just about having honey, it has to be accepted." Purchasing honey has the right equipment to check whether the honey is pure or impure.