The rainy season stopped beginning of October. During the rainy season, grass grows around the hives. It needs to be cleaned to avoid that wild fire burn them and to avoid easier access to the hives for termites.
Our beekeeping specialist visits all the village to check on this cleaning and to give advice regarding the coming harvest. In general, we see that women are taking good care of their hives, better than men.
The main comments which our specialist brought back were regarding the fact that they want more hives and they would like to see an increase in the price the raw honey is bought.Ther will be an increase to the purchase price of 10%. For additional hives, we are counting on you to help.
The volume of honey bought by our association is increasing each year. To be able to process the raw honey we have a brand new honey processing unit. It has temperature and humidity control. It will also allow to have a better traceability of the honey between the beekeeper and the conditionned pots.
Thank you again for your support.
We have a lot of women who wants additional hives, thanks to communicate this project to your friends and family.
Between June and end of September it is rainy season in Burkina Faso.
Not many flowers for the bees to bring polen to the hives.
Some beekeepers are planning to take honey from the beehives end of October. We beleive that it is not good for the swarm which might have difficulties to feed the pups. If it is the case, the swarm will leave the hives to look elsewhere for more food.
End of October, beginning of October, beekeepers do look at their hives, but only to clean the bars if needed and to also cut the grass around the hives. Hives are placed in the bush and they are often bush fires which would destroy the hives if their surrounding is not clean.
The women takes good care of their hives in contrary to the men. They understand that hives will bring income only if well taken care of.
We have still many women in the villages who are asking us for beehives. Thank you to communicate to your network about their need.
ASAP is 25 years in 2022. We have made a short video about our economical projects, one of them being beekeeping. The link for the video is attached to this report.
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