Harvesting from Bee Keeping in Kween District
The Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project in 2018 distributed Apiary inputs to over 50 bee keeping associations so as to encourage livelihood diversification in the project area among the equipment were 150 bee hives given to each bee keeping association, honey processing equipment and branded material.
The project went ahead to train over 50 groups on how to harvest and brand the Apiary bi products thus ensuring that the communities reap big from bee keeping. The raising of bees is giving hope and the sorely needed income to the Bennet of Kween.
Among the Bennet, the Beekeeping group has trained over 20 residents to raise bees in southern counties devastated by dought effects in the region.
“I wish I started doing this 20 years ago,” said Mr. David Absa ,40, who works full time for the group and raises bees with his family. “Anybody who has started fooling with bees, 99 percent love taking care of them. Bees are the most fascinating thing I’ve ever worked with.”
“This is my second year raising bees, and I was always scared of bees after being stung when I was young,” said Mr. Kibet Connel, 35, who gave up raising chickens in favor of bees.
“The bee business has been beneficial mainly from the honey and wine selling,” said the beekeepers who live n Ngenge SubCounty. “The input on the community has been gradually building up. There’s cash input into the economy. It is scattered and it’s steady and it’s staying.”
Although bees in several hives have died and some migrated this wet season, Mr. Absa said he repopulated them with wild bees he removed from his neighbor’s tree.
The Greater Bennet Multi Purpose Apiary Group is now giving cash rounds to the group members who have boasted of buying land and others supplementing their farm productivity with more inputs using loans got from the group's profits. This intervention has been duly appreaciated by the communities in the project area.