Having been working with local untrained bee farmers for over six years Green Care Association decided to identify farmers who are willing to convert traditional hives to top bar using local material like Bamboo. Thanks to openness of some local craft men like Mr Bouba who are ready to carry on the change. Being traditional leader, Mr Bouba is willing to also help spread the word and practice to other crafts men and farmers. He is to be trained in making top bar hives out of bamboo for Green Care to make available to local farmers.
Thanks to Globalgiving funds this project is seeing the light of day. This is to be followed by serious promotion thereby making possible cheaper hives, easier labour, Increased quantity and quality of honey for the common good.
With growing demand to diversify agricultural products, Green Care recently decided to intensify the production of Rapid Yam sets for local farmers. This is done in efforts to assist the many farmers who want to grow Yams but are having lots of difficulties because of lack of enough seeds. Green Care bought the material and equipment necessary for the multiplication of Yams sets with Global Giving funds. After a season the seeds are made available to farmers to plant as much as they want. Some request from interested farmers are already being registered.Thanks to our donors on Global Giving who are making it possible for us to continue helping our community dwellers.
Until recently Green Care Association has been training remote farmers in Apiculture. This approach has been improved to training and setting up demonstration farms as was the case in Mbuluf village of Bui Division in Cameroon. Instead of discouraging the cultural cylinder Hives Green Care introduced the Top bar Hive as alternative in its demonstration farm.
This approach targets to change cultural bee farming which for the most part is difficult, less productive and environmentally unfriendly.
Theophile who happened to be part of the installation team happily declared “ I now understand clearly what you guys were talking about Top Bar Hives. Its quite easy” Bee farming is a generation old practice but what is common in Bui Division is traditional and unproductive compare to the modern techniques. Thanks to Global Giving funds which enable Green Care to construct the Top Hives, Transport and install. They are going to serve as a good source of income generation and doubles as ideal farm for the common good. GlobalGiving donations are really life changing. Thank you so much.