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  1. Give us a brief history of ABDC Ltd

In Rwanda it would be unreasonable and incomprehensible to define ABDC Ltd without defining ARDI (Rwanda Association for Integrated Development Promotion) that created the ABDC Ltd. ARDI was legally registered in Rwanda as local NGO on June 20th, 1983 which was updated by Ministerial decree No 113/11 of October 7, 2004. ARDI is classified among the first Civil Society organizations (CSOs)established in Rwanda.

Through its capacity building services in Rwanda, ARDI has been one of the pillar CSOs contributing to the progressive change of rural economic profile and sustainable integrated development in Rwanda.

About its mission, it intends to support different groups in their integrated development initiatives and has also an objective of examining and shaping projects from grass roots, offering training services and helping in the implementation of the said projects by searching the necessary financial support.

ABDC Ltd former CENTRE for BEEKEEPING SERVICES or CESAPI, a department in ARDI, had been established by ARDI in 1992 with an aim to promote Apibusiness sector in Rwanda.

ABDC as Business Company is currently operating under a full independent private scheme and is considered as the national leader of beekeeping supply chain in Rwanda. CESAPI shifted to ABDC Ltd as Private Company in June 2011 with many shareholders including ARDI.

At the beginning, the company started with 733 shares valued at 100 000 FRW each.

  1. How has the Rwanda honey bee industry evolved since your entry?

Before the creation of CESAPI (now ABDC), beekeepers were doing traditional apiculture for family consumption, with the following problems:

a) Weak business vision

b) Lack of adequate financial products

c) Lack of investment facilities

d) Non harmonized develop ment approach;duplications

e) Behaviour changes ( cul tural barriers, adoption of new technologies)

f) Non stable organisational structures (Api groups, individual cooperatives. SMEs)

g) Weak private sector implication

  1. What have been your major achievements over the years?

After the creation of ARDI and the collaboration between ARDI and ABDC, some results were reported, we have:

a) Over 50 beekeepers cooperatives supported by ABDC Ltd in collaboration with ARDI

b) The production of bee wax now generates the revenue to beekeepers, 1500 kg of beeswax was processed with increased revenues to beekeepers

c) The cooperatives supported produced over 100 tons of honey with around 40 tons sold to ABDC, ABDC facilitates the investment by supplying modern equipment to the beekeepers

d) Young and women integrated in the Honey Value Chain Development ( 22 and 46.5% respectively)

e) Introduction of modern beekeeping technologies which increased productivity from an average of 3.5 to 35. kg of honey/ hive / season ( 2005 to 2016)

f) Bees products diversification ( honey ,Wax and Propolis)

g) Semi professional beekeepers increased by 26% in the last 4 years

h) Api-business networks developed (National clusters, Apitrade Africa, Apimondia’, ARDI and ABDC participate in events organized by APITRADE AFRICA since 2008

  1. What are your product and service ranges?

The main mission of ABDC is inputs supply that increase production qualitatively and quantitatively. ABDC sells to the beekeepers equipment that meets the quality standards.

ABDC collects honey and bee sub-products, processes, packages and sells them at an affordable price to local and international market.

ABDC technically supports investors in beekeeping through training sessions and modern technologies. To achieve this objective, ABDC works closely with ARDI.

  1. Tell us about the source for your bee products and your relationship with the primary producers?

ABDC Ltd supplies modernequipment to beekeepers (cooperatives, individuals). These beekeepers produce honey and others sub-products (wax, propollis ...). The honey collection centers collect honey and other sub products from beekeepers.

ABDC signs contract with honey collection centers managed by the cooperatives then honey collection centers supply the honey to ABDC. The role of ABDC is the processing of these products before selling them to its clients. This diagram shows our relationship with primary producers and clients.

  1. Tell us about the source for your bee products and your relationship with the primary producers?

ABDC Ltd established a strategy that allows the company to distribute its products in order to achieve its mission. This strategy is subdivided into the following stapes:

a) We have set a sales counter (shop) which helps small consumers to buy honey and beekeeping equipment. This sales counter serves customers who live in Kigali and surrounding provinces.

b) We have also the Partners (Distributors) representing the ABDC in different areas. These distributors help ABDC to reach customers very easily without spending time of coming to the shop.

c) For the export, ABDC since 2015 collaborates with another company Apiary Ltd from Singapore to sell honey in Asia and Europe.

  1. What has been your key contribution to the honey industry in Rwanda?

ABDC It is known that the ABDC Ltd is considered as the king or promoter of APIBUSINESS in Rwanda. This company contributes in partnership with various actors in the promotion of bee products in the country.

Through ABDC Ltd, beekeeping has come to be known as a sector that provides employment and generates income, and currently in Rwanda over 10 competing companies have just been created.

The ABDC in collaboration with ARDI contributed to the modernization of beekeeping, hence the increase of honey both qualitatively and quantitatively through training sessions in modern techniques organized.

Before year 2000, beekeeping was a primitive trade, currently it is a job that feeds more than 50,000 households in Rwanda.

  1. It’s for sure that the business has faced challenges. Give a few you have weathered and how you managed to stay buoyant?

a) Bad organization of cooperatives: We are investing in training in the cooperative movement

b) Lack of big quantity for export shipping: We are encouraging other companies for collaboration

c) In the past, beekeeping was for old male people: We are new investing in youth and women

  1. Where do you see ABDC Ltd in next 5 years?

a) Multiply by three the quantity of products sold at the end of 2021

b) Export honey in Europe and Asia

c) Process other products like propollis and others from bee wax

d) Contribute in collaboration with other actors to increase the production of honey

  1. What was your experience at recently completed ApiExpo Africa 2016, Kigali - Rwanda?

ABDC Ltd in collaboration with ARDI has participated in all events organized by ApiTrade Africa since 2008; the lessons we have learned over the years have contributed to the improvement of the quality of our products and innovations.

As known ABDC was awarded as second best honey processor and packer in Africa during the ApiExpo Africa 2016.

  1. Your last word

ABDC Ltd thanks ApiTrade Africa for advice given to promote African bee products in the market.

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