The last few months have been very exciting for the beekeepers! They’ve been busy bottling the honey harvest. For the group of beekeepers “Las Diez Rosas,” this was their second harvest ever. During their first year, they focused on learning methodology and how to beekeep. Their training harvest yielded 20 pounds of honey. This year, their harvest was 8.5 times more -- harvesting and bottling 170 pounds of honey!
“We’re happy that the group improved their harvest so much! It’s good to see the beekeepers’ hard work pay off and see them realize that this can be a very viable option for income diversification after the coffee harvest,” Ana Cabrera, project manager, said.
There’s little time for celebrating, though. The rainy season in Guatemala, mid-may through October, makes beekeeping a high-maintenance job. Managing the apiaries during these months includes ensuring that the apiaries receive proper airflow and have adequate sunlight to reduce the risk of fungus or pests.
The beekeeper's excitement and pride with this harvest is well earned. Learning how to not only manage and harvest honey, but also market and produce sales as a cooperative is vital to the long- term sustainability and effectiveness of this project. Your GlobalGiving donations support smallholder coffee farmers and help thembecome empowered beekeepers. Thank You!
Beekeepers bottled 170 pounds of honey
The apiaries require upkeep during rainy season