Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch the Billion Tree Tsunami Honey Project today.
According to the details, under the Billion Tree Tsunami Honey Project, one million hectares of Pakistan’s forests will produce seven types of honey.
Whereas, the production of honey will increase from 12,000 metric tons to 70,000 metric tons. Pakistan will be able to export honey worth Rs 45 billion annually to different countries. Furthermore, the Billion Tree project will create job opportunities for 70,000 to 80,000 people.
The ceremony will be held today at 4 pm, in which, top officials from different government departments will mark their presence.
It is pertinent to mention here that in July this year, World Economic Forum (WEF) in its report said that Honey production in Pakistan is on the rise as beekeepers reap a dividend from the government’s program to expand forests. It said that 3.5 million trees were planted on 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) in Changa Manga.
As per the report the amount of honey harvested by beekeepers in the 12,500-acre forest almost doubled from 725 kg (1,600 pounds) in the fiscal year 2018-2019 to about 1,300 kg in 2019-2020.
According to the government’s Honeybee Research Institute (HBRI), Pakistan has 7,000 commercial beekeepers looking after more than 1 million beehives but has enough space for double that number.