Chinese expertise to lend sting to S’wak’s stingless bee industry

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KUCHING: The Borneo state of Sarawak is looking across the South China Sea to lend more “sting” to its stingless bee industry.

The popularity of honey from stingless bee, or kelulut, has since recent decades gained traction globally, as it is believed that honey from kelulut contains several health benefits.

The state’s Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sarawak is looking forward to work with Chinese expertise to improve its biotechnology initiatives which in turn will uplift its agriculture and food production sectors.

“For a start, we are keen to work with Chinese researchers on developing the state’s stingless bee industry which is in its infancy stage,” said Uggah after a meeting with Yunnan Agriculture University (YAU) President Prof Sheng Jun.