|Private Forest Owners harvest from bee keeping
|Bee keeping training
Fred Kasungwa, a Private Forest Owner (PFOs) was grinning from ear to ear after he received payment for his 21 litre harvest of honey reaped from just two hives in a forest patch behind his house. Fred is a beneficiary from a training and support for a bee keeping entreprise done last year under the Payment for Ecosystem services.
As part of the benefits of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) for the PFOs who enrolled, farmers have been trained and offered options to increase their benefits, boost their incomes and ultimately reduce on the pressure on the natural forest habitats. In partnership with Malaika honey, we have trained 33 PFOs and given inputs to 5 of these as a pilot to kick-start bee keeping enterprises in their homes.
‘We now need resources to support 28 PFOs in 2015,’ says Project Manager, Paul Hatanga. ‘Our aim is to support 300 house holds in 3 years and sell this honey to international markets.’
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