Helping Hand Honey Producers is a Papua New Guinean owned Honey Business that produces Mountain Honey.
Mountain Honey is produced in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Mountain Honey has its small production facility at Gonah, on the outskirts of Goroka Town located within a natural conservation environment. The Mountain Honey has its honey farm at Gonaha Natural Habitat
Business ACTIVITIES & NATURE OF BUSINESS:
Mountain Honey is the sustainable business that sources honey from its 3 hectare-wide farm as well as other local honey farmers and processes it for the domestic market. Mountain is the product name produced by Helping Hand Honey Producers. Helping Hand Honey Producers is the second largest honey producer in Papua New Guinea that produces Mountain Honey and it is second to Highlands’s Honey (products of Niugini Fruit Company).
The business (Helping Hand Honey Producers) formally registered with the Investment Promotion Authority in 2013 and funded its operation by it sole owner Mr. Kelly Inae. Mr. Inae is an experienced honey bee farmer, honey producer and honey keeping trainer who started honey business in 2002 and has been in the honey industry for more than 17 years.
Mountain Honey has a vision for growth and a sustainable honey industry and thus as a business it has been proactive in conducting honey keeping training across the highlands provinces as well other regions. With the visions and dreams of sustainable industry growth, Mr. Inae as the only honey farming trainer had conducted trainings in the highland provinces where he has helped trained more 2500 people in rural areas to become honey bee keepers. He has been training the farmers since its inception in 2002 and continues to support honey famers. He has conducted training on both at Mountain Honey’s Training Facility at the farm and production site and other centers in various provinces.
Helping Hand Honey Producers purchases honey from the farmers who have been trained by Mr. Inae and produce Mountain Honey at its mini honey processing plant which includes packaging the products at in-house bottling and packaging facilities.
Mountain Honey is seen is as a sustainable business and the products are sold domestically in supermarkets in Papua New Guinea. The products are packed in different volumes and grams and sold to individuals and business around the country. The products are shipped from Goroka via road transport to customers in the highlands provinces, Madang and Lae. Shipment is also done via air from Goroka Airport and Ukarumpa Air Strip in Aiyura to other coastal centers and Port Moresby. The product is 100% pure organic without other artificial additives and its demand is growing.
The business has a plan to increase its production and export to overseas markets. With plans to expand its sales reach, the business faces challenges and needs support in terms of upgrading its production facility, employing technical expertise and investing in technology to improve and increase economies of scale. The business is also interested in export market access information. These the business is open to connecting with potential partners to address these challenges and with and donor-agencies to continue its sustainable business development that continues to help rural communities to be economically independent.
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