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Honey producers make healing ointment, bee venom gel, mosquito repellent on Day 2 of honey byproducts workshop conducted by Mexican cooperative

Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2023. 11:51 am CST.

Bee venom gel – Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The 25 participants in the honey byproducts workshop at Central Farm learned to make a healing ointment, an analgesic bee venom gel, and a mosquito repellent on Day 2 of the honey byproducts workshop being conducted by a Mexican cooperative.

The Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE) and the Department of Cooperatives are holding the three-day workshop in collaboration with the Sociedad Cooperativa Melitzaak from the neighbouring Mexican state of Quintana Roo. MAFSE said the cooperative specializes in the production of cosmetic and food products derived from honey and beehive resources, including pollen, royal jelly, and propolis.

Healing ointment – (Photo Credit: MAFSE)

“The second day of the honey byproducts [workshop] finalized with participants successfully developing a [healing] cream featuring the use of propolis and purple maguey, promising a blend of natural goodness, followed by the development of a bee venom gel and a mosquito repellent as well as the labelling of the products,” MAFSE said in a statement on social media on Tuesday.

“[Thursday’s] final practical day will end up in the development of a honey soap with coconut oil, which then will finalize with a closing ceremony with the participants being recognized for their participation. Kudos to everyone involved for turning bee by-products into beauty and skincare treasures!”

The bee venom gel is a soothing and anti-inflammatory medicine, and the cream or ointment is for healing scratches and cuts.

Mosquito repellent – (Photo Credit: MAFSE)

On Tuesday, the 25 trainees, which includes 17 women, learned to make honey byproducts such as granola and gummies. They also learnt about packaging their products.

MAFSE said the participants are 22 members of honey producer and agroprocessing co-operatives and three staff members of its Agroprocessing Unit.

MAFSE said the honey byproducts workshop offers honey producers an opportunity to learn new skills which should in the long run facilitate the development and diversification of the honey industry.

Granola – (Photo Credit: MAFSE)

“The workshop which started today is a significant step towards enhancing the value of honey products and creating new opportunities in the honey industry, with a particular focus on empowering women and youth in this sector,” MAFSE said in a statement posted on social media on Tuesday.

“Honey production has long been a cornerstone of the agricultural sector, and the Ministry of Agriculture recognizes its importance.”

MAFSE said the objective is that honey producers take advantage of the potential of making honey by-products, which the workshop offers, as it promotes the economic growth of the sector and can provide valuable employment opportunities particularly for women and youth.

The honey byproducts workshop concludes on Thursday.

Honey gummies – (Photo Credit: MAFSE)

The 25 participants, including 17 women, and Sociedad Cooperativa Melitzaak trainers of honey byproducts workshop at Central Farm – (Photo Credit: MAFSE)

 

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