Beekeeping

Young people trained in beekeeping to improve the local economy

Beekeepers Foundation

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The 1993 Nkonya High School Foundation (NKOSEC) organized a training workshop for selected young people from Nkonya in beekeeping to improve the local economy.

It also aimed to stir up community and public interest in vocation and economic dependence.

The Foundation, the Forestry Commission and the United Nations World Food Program champion the support program.

Mr. Joseph Bekoe, Executive Director of NKOSEC Foundation 1993, during a training workshop in Nkonya, said it aimed to empower participants to venture into beekeeping to improve socio-economic development of the district.

The participants were drawn from the Nkonya-Tepo and Nkonya-Ntumda communities of the district.

He said as part of the program support, a total of 600 hives with protective clothing would be provided to beekeepers to improve production.

Mr. Bekoe believed that participants’ standard of living would improve and financially empower their dependents and community.

He charged the participants to put the lessons into practice and achieve the intended goal.

Mr. Solomon Wakemeh, Executive Director of the Ghana Beekeepers Federation and Facilitator, said beekeeping was a lucrative job that people should venture into.

He said that although lucrative, lack of capital was preventing people from venturing into it and appealed to metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies and non-governmental organizations to help individuals get into beekeeping.

He educated participants on types of equipment for beekeeping, the ideal location for keeping bees, hive preparation, and the do’s and don’ts of beekeeping.

Mr Wakemeh said there was a ready market for the product so beekeepers need not worry.

Mr. Owusu Bibi, a former member of the Nkonya Tepo Electoral Area Assembly, called on the youths to take up beekeeping and earn a living, adding that he had donated 20 acres of agricultural land to the Foundation for growing cashew nuts.

Mr. Bibi said that their vegetation was good for beekeeping, hence the call for all to embark on the adventure.

Mrs. Agnes Atsu, a participant pledged to religiously practice the lessons taught, to reap the benefits of the business.

She said she would also share the knowledge gained with others and advised them to dive into it.

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