Beekeeping project in Uganda-Kisoro District
Kisoro Honey Producers is a self-help beekeeping project and farming group working together to coordinate bee farming activities of the peasant farmers in Kisoro district Uganda. This project/organization was initiated in 2004 by a group of bee farmers led by Dan Ngirabakunzi who is currently the founder (Kisoro Honey Producers) having a lifelong interest in beekeeping farming in Uganda after training in bee-keeping.
Kisoro Honey Producers a beekeeping project in Uganda was first registered in 2005 as a cooperative at the national level and later by the Kisoro district administration as Community Based Organization. Currently, this project has rented accommodation for the Head Office and the Production Unit and sometimes holds meetings and seminars for members in Kisoro District.
The premises are opposite the Kisoro the Mayor’s garden in the center of the town, Kisoro Honey Producers now includes youth and women groups, and has exceeded 600 individual members, for bigger meetings we need to hire halls with seating and other facilities for future meetings.
Kisoro Honey Producers, we expect in future to own land and build permanent premises large enough to accommodate various products and sufficient space for regular meetings and training on diversification of production and other beekeeping activities.
Achievements of this Beekeeping project in Uganda to date
- Kisoro Honey Producers have brought together about 600 bee farmers and other local peasant farmers into self-help groups including youths, men, and women
- This project has given the members training in modern, efficient, hygienic honey production and has supplied them with equipment such as airtight collecting buckets, smokers, and protective clothing.
- The project is also buying honey from tall its farmers at fair trade prices, we process the honey with our own equipment.
- The processed and bottled honey bearing our own label (Kisoro Honey Producers) is now marketed in Kampala and in many other urban areas in Uganda. A network of self-help teams headed by experienced beekeepers has been set up in each sub-county to support and encourage bee farmers.
Geographical Coverage of this Beekeeping project in Uganda
Bee farming activities of Kisoro Honey Producers are designed to cover the whole area of Kisoro district but initially are very active in the following sub-counties: Kisoro Town council, Nyarubuye, Busanza, Nyarusiza, Rwaramba, Chahi, Nyakabande, Mulora, Kirundo, Kanaba, Nyundo, extending also to Bukimbiri, Nyakinama, Muramba sub-counties. Eventually, the whole of the southwest of Uganda will be covered given the required resources.
The vision of this Beekeeping project in Uganda
Kisoro Honey Producers is a self-help organization that endeavors to practice fair trade principles by buying, processing, and marketing their honey and other crops produced by the peasant farmers, helping them to increase production, improve and diversify their crops, educate and train them in modern efficient farming methods, and thus enabling the peasant farmers to become self-reliant and making it possible and desirable to educate their families.
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