Bee farming buzzing to the next level in Hala Village
Saturday the 11th of February 2017 was a day filled with hope and excitement for bee farmers (Apiarists) of Hala village as they were receiving new bee hives. The bee farming project began when the when the Health Catchment Alliance, a non-governmental partnership made up of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa-WESSA, Endangered Wildlife Trust-EWT and Conservation South Africa- CSA, approached Dr. SFG Yusuf and Dr. Amon Taruvinga (Lecturers in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Fort Hare) and requested them to train some youth interested in bee keeping. The trainees were selected from five villages around Thyume Valley. The project is aimed at capacity building, capacity support and service. “Where the NGO is lacking expertise in a particular agro-enterprise, they call us for capacity support”, said Dr. Yusuf. The training is a wonderful example of community engagement and youth development. This set of hives however, is not the first set distributed to the trainees by the NGOs. The first set were given in 2016, and some of these have already been colonized bees. The collaboration between the NGO, two Lecturers is still ongoing to capacitate the youth.