Our approach

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Savannah Honey Ltd is synonym to “a passion for natural food products”.

All our honey is free of any (chemical) additives and obtained through a cold filter process in order to maintain the healthy and medicinal properties.

Eating one teaspoon of honey daily is good for your health. One teaspoon of honey before sleeping energizes and stimulates your brain function during the night.

Like all honey’s from all over the world, this honey may also crystalize over time. Crystalization of honey is a natural process showing the pure organic properties of it. This honey can be decrystallized again by putting it in a hot water bath. Honey is one of the few natural food products that can not be produced on an industrial scale.

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Savannah Honey Ltd derives its honey from it’s own hives around the Kilimanjaro region rich in vegetation and forest.

 

Beekeeping in Tanzania.

Bees are essential for the pollination of crops and trees throughout the world and are improving the bio diversity in general. Many crops and trees would suffer significantly without the presence or lack of bees. It is estimated that the economical contribution and added value of bees to the agriculture worldwide is 130 billion Euro. Furthermore, the economic value of honey is much higher than any other crops like oranges.

Looking at the figures of available surface, Tanzania is very suitable for beekeeping through the favorable environment of forests and woodlands. Furthermore, the climate in Tanzania is very mild for beekeeping allowing two harvesting seasons during one year in many areas of the country. It is estimated that Tanzania has a potential of about 9mln honeybee colonies representing approximately 140.000 metric tons of honey and 9200 metric tons of beeswax. Today’s yearly honey production is only about 10.000 metric tons and 600 metric tons of honey and beeswax respectively market valued approximately 23mln USD in total. These figures clearly show that the opportunities for beekeeping in Tanzania are very high with today production less than 10% of the potential. The honey of Tanzania is also labeled as organic honey free of any contamination of antibiotics, pesticides, … Furthermore, the use of pesticides in agriculture is not widely spread today in the country. Since Tanzania is mainly a rural country driven by agriculture without the presence of (heavy) industry, the country has a high potential to improve the honey production. Tanzania is also one of the few African countries allowed to export its honey to Europe. Indeed, several analysis conducted by the German Institute shows that Tanzanian honey is free of any contamination.

Since Tanzania is largely an agricultural country, beekeeping should contribute to increased crop output through pollination. Indeed, crops like maize, sunflower, green beans, coffee, fruits, … which are largely cultivated in Tanzania, are extremely dependent on the presence of bees. The success of each crop/fruit productivity and its development depends on the pollination by the bees. Since Tanzania is making significant efforts to improve its agriculture industry through the program “kilimo kwanza” (agriculture first), the increase of beekeeping will contribute to a higher local productivity in the areas dedicated to start the project.
It is estimated that the honey activity in Tanzania employs directly or indirectly about 2mln rural people. Consequently beekeeping plays a major role in socio-economic development of the country generating an important income for beekeepers and communities especially living near the forests and woodlands.

Tanzania has put in place in 1998 a “National Beekeeping Policy” enhancing the sector’s economic contribution and management of natural resources. The implementation of this policy has been done by the “National Beekeeping Program (2001-2010) and the beekeeping Act N°15 of 2002.
This implementation is supported by the “National Forestry Policy” allowing beekeepers to have access to forest reserves and the “Wildlife Policy of Tanzania” giving the permission to beekeepers to wildlife management areas. Other initiatives are the Village Land Act of 1999 allowing villages to manage natural resources and through village land use management system which allocates land to beekeepers.

Beekeeping is a clean “green” activity generating no pollution at all. Beekeeping is also an auto generating business which only asks a onetime investment. Honey can be seen as ever generating raw material with no side effects for the environment. In contrary.

 

 

copper potJam

All our jams are produced with carefully selected fruits.

No additves, preservatives neither colorants or additional flavors are used in order to obtain the optimal taste of fresh fruit in our artisanal homemade jam.

Savannah Honey’s Jam is produced in copper pots of maximum 3 to 4kg of fresh fruit. The sugar is replaced by honey in all our jams. Our jam is not produced in a industrial way since we are striving to make a high quality product food for our customers.