Our next milestone of empowering the Batwa Pygmies with knowledge and skills to produce the Modern Beehives is successfully achieved in the second quarter of our project implementation. At CIBC, we are seeing a new generation of skilled bee keepers. The Batwa are now in total transition from honey hunting to sustainable honey producing. CIBC is taking the pride of moving this new generation through our Initiative “Bee Keeping for 100 Batwa Pygmies in Uganda”. We are doing this through on job training our expert Top Bar Hive maker has accepted to provide apprenticeship to two Batwa pygmies. Every day they came and learn as they earn. The only proof that they learnt is their confidence and ability to produce a bee hive. So far they have made a complete one by themselves, they will make as many as they can before we can live them on their own. By no doubt the next set of hives from the next funding will be contracted by these new emerging Top Bar Hives Experts.
We are happier with the news from the field, as 20% of the hives is already occupied with bees. We are enhancing apiary improvement through extension services, providing seeds and seedling of trees that will yield much Nectar for the bee. We are planting cariandrar, moon flowers for nectar production and fencing around the apiaries to provide more security for the bees and maintain good relationship with neighboring land users. In this round we plan to offer a new set of five hives to the 5 new farmers in Nyaruntuntu Batwa settlement and train 2 to make bee hives.
When this second phase is finished the project would have constructed 21 bee hives and given 16 of them to the beneficiaries. The remaining 5 installed in the Project apiary site as a demonstration and provide a sustainable source of income for the organisation. Over 50 Batwa have benefited from the training workshop and through apprenticeship, 2 equipped with knowledge and skills to make hives. We have achieved this success together and I kindly request you to join hands with us again to push this project to the next level. Our Plan is to train and support 50 people this year with skills, knowledge and provide them with bee hives in this year of 2015
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