At least 50 people from Kilimatinde, Saranda, Sasajila and Makasuku villages in Manyoni District were recently trained on how to practice modern beekeeping under a World Vision agricultural development programme.
based at Kilimatinde village so that they can raise value of honey and bee-wax production within the country.
Edwin Meela, beekeeping extension officer for Manyoni District Council said in an interview on Friday that among those trained were 40 are farmers and beekeepers from the villages while the other 10 were students of Amani Girls’ Secondary School in the region.
The three-day training, conducted from April 20, was facilitated by experts from Manyoni District Council.
The World Vision ADP decided to support the villagers in terms of training after observing that the farmers and beekeepers have very low skills on modern beekeeping techniques, honey harvesting, handling, post-harvest processing and storage, he said.
“As trainers we have decide to train the villagers so that they can increase the value of honey and beeswax, generate more incomes, create job opportunities for women and youths in rural areas, increase quality and safety of honey and beeswax as well as help them to improve their livelihood,” he noted.
Through the World Vision support, he said, revenue collection from honey and beeswax is expecting to double.
Apart from that, the World Vision-Agricultural Development Programme has vowed to provide modern hives to them so that they can start to engage in beekeeping as well as produce quality honey and beeswax, he said.
Tanzanian honey and beeswax are currently described to be of high quality at sources, but due to poor harvesting techniques and post-harvesting processing and storage, the products reaching the market are said to be of poorer quality.
The present production of honey of 5,000 tonnes could easily be raised tenfold if the production process was modernized, he said.