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Sam Bananah from Kenya tells how from an early age, and some youthful adventures - he came to love bees and beekeeping.
My name is Oreyemi Babatunde born into a family where both parents are farmers, in Odo Epo a village in Lagos State, Nigeria. I was raised and sent to school from the proceeds from the farm. In 1998, I graduated with a degree in geology despite the advice of my parents to study agriculture. Armed with my certificate, I moved to the oil producing states in Nigeria searching for jobs but I did not find any. I came back to the village for a day to do some odd jobs on the farm to raise funds - I had been gone for two years and spent all my savings. At the time it was honey harvesting season and my mother having set up her apiary with the help of a local NGO was attending a honey harvesting class. I enrolled for the class as she advised me that I could earn some money assisting beekeepers with harvesting but I must have a basic knowledge to put away my fear of bees. II did not realise my mother was initiating me into beekeeping). After the class I became bee friendly. I discovered that beekeeping has many things to offer. Apart from the money, there is a bond and love that beekeepers have with nature. Since then I have done a lot of reading about bees and have taken training with local and international NGOs. I have assisted people to set up their apiaries and I supply beekeeping equipment. My son who is four years old cries if he is not permitted to follow me to the apiary. He has own bee-suit now! November 2011
Beekeeping has raised income levels, increased crop yields due to pollination and is conserving vegetation. The bees forage on the Moringa planted for nutritional and medicinal purposes, especially in the dry season when there are less flowers and nectar.
John E K Gohoho, Penyi Agroforestry Group Beekeepers Association, Ghana 2011
Helping Hand have been conducting training for 800 bee farmers. We are committed in Highlands Province to the honey bee industry. We have been operational for six years in the country and are working closely with the Department of Agriculture and Bee Unit in our Province.
Inae Kelly, Papua New Guinea, April 2011
Hello everybody I am from Algeria and I am just starting beekeeping. I Have a BA in english studies and I started beekeeping with the help of a friend. He was himself a beekeeper and it is just a fascinating world .I learn every time something new happens. I have just 1 hive and it is not strong enough but I am doing my best so that it passes the winter. I am very happy to tell you my story .
Thank you Saber Barket, Algeria, January 2011
I am protecting dwarf honey bees Apis florea. I found three colonies and am in the process of increasing them to 6, 12, 24 and so on. I will update the blog with the latest photos of the process. If there is any option to help me, kindly let me know. Here is my blog http://dwarfhoney.blogspot.com/
Thanks S Sunil, Kerala, India 2011
November 2011 (published in News Around the World, BfDJ 101) At the beginning of June we experienced our first honey harvest. From 16 hives we harvested over 100 kg of honey which filled the entire village with happiness. We can say that our idea has been successful primarily through the efforts and perseverance of the people who have helped with this project.
May 2010 - I want to implement a beekeepers association.
This will involve the following:
Construction of 25-30 hives and supports with local materials.
Education and instruction in beekeeping "Capture" - a Seminar targeting women and covering the topics of child nutrition, the utilisation of the nutrients in honey, nutritional diversification and the use of natural resources.
Establishing a co-operative, financial market management and product development (advertising campaign, promotion of natural resources, fair trade)
Pou Conxi, ABFIS Beekeepers' Association, Berefet, The Gambia
The Beekeeping Extension Society received more funding of Euros 19,965 for beekeeping projects in Kaduna State. The funds are from the French Embassy Social Development Fund. The grant is for the production of top-bar hives for 450 beekeepers in 21 locations in Kaduna State. About 20% of beneficiaries are rural women.
Idris Barau, Beekeeping Extension Society, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria, July 2010
The history of beekeeping in "Gilgit Baltistan" from a business point of view is not very old. The technology came from China in the past. This trade is now depleting in our region despite the good opportunities to adopt beekeeping as a business. That is why the Institute of Professional Development is planning to launch a vocational course on beekeeping.
Muhammad Afzal, Institute of Professional Developpment KIU Gilgit Basltistan, Pakistan, July 2010
My name is Prosper Agbeti from Ghana. I was born to a low-income family. After completing junior high school, I was left to find some work on the street of Accra, the capital city of Ghana, selling ice cream and water to make a living and help my parents. One day, I met a man who told me to take up beekeeping, since it is a lucrative job. The next day, he taught me how to colonise bees, protect myself from bee stings, and harvest and process honey. Since then I have set up 20 sets of long stroth bee hives in the Volta region of Ghana. I am currently training people in the rural areas of Ghana. Through beekeeping I have completed my high school education without my parents assistance. I am also reading more information on bees and am the manager of Bees for Development, Ghana. I want to establish branches throughout Ghana…
Prosper Agbeti, Ghana 2010
I have started a bee-keeping project within my organization. I will soon face redundancy in the work that I have been doing with Oxfam GB Uganda. The last day of my work will be 15/06/2009. What next? I want to become the best beekeeper that is well known in Kitgum District, Uganda. I will need support, so that I meet my goals and objectives. I am happy that I have had a visitor from Bees Abroad who has come to visit our project and we share many issues about the beekeeping project. I have also received Bees for Development Journal. With all this support, I hope for the best to come. I have also learnt that the honey from my place (Agoro) is the best in Uganda. I was thinking about my work that I am going lose. But I got hope after coming up with this new development for my family. I am new in this development BUT I hope, I will manage it positively
Tom Fred Obonyo, Kitgum, Uganda, June 2009
When I started beekeeping I had no money to buy hives. I assembled some used pallets to make hives and the little profit that I got after harvesting those hives I used to buy some equipment. I remember one day when I had little cash I asked the owner of the shop to discount 50% from the bee veil and I would pay him one day when the hive have honey. He helped me and then was surprised after 6 months when I came to pay him. Now I am able to make beeswax lip balm.
Serefete Ramantsima, Botswana, April 2011