In a move to promote honey and beeswax production, Aghondi Village Council in Manyoni District, Singida Region has offered 3000 ha of land to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism’s Forestry and Beekeeping Division.
Apart from that the land would help beekeepers to promote the development of beekeeping sector and boost the villagers’ economic wellbeing.
This was revealed recently by Chesco Lunyungu, Assistant Beekeeping Officer at Aghondi National Bee Reserve in the district during a visit by journalist.
He said the villagers decided to give the land to the ministry after observing that the village has been receiving visitors from various parts of the world to study beekeeping.
The countries include Zambia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and France.
“Currently the area has been surveyed by the regional land surveyors and only waits to be advertised in the government gazette before we start the planned activities,” he said.
The allocated land would be used as the main source of bee breeding materials, for honey and beeswax production, source of package colonies for both stinging and stingless honeybees as well as enhancing conservation of biodiversity of honeybees and production of bee products, he said.
Besides, the land will be used as a demonstration farm so that beekeepers and people from different regions can learn from the place.
The government is expected to increase modern beehives from 400 to 4,000 in this area, Lunyungu said.
“Our intension is to help beekeepers move from using traditional, bark and log hives so that the villagers can double their income from honey and beeswax production, raise quality of their products and create more job opportunities,” he noted.
The land will be managed by the Forestry and Beekeeping Division in the district “and as beekeeping extension officers we express thanks to the village council for offering to us the land for developing the beekeeping sub sector.”
“We intend to hang modern hives in the area because our focus is just to preserve the existing natural vegetation, increase honey and beeswax production and raise source of bee breeding,” he said.
He said the woodland forests and thickets existing in the area include Muva tree (julbernadia globiflora) and Mnang’ana which are the main forest species suitable for honey production.
Aghondi National Bee Reserve has 400 hives and is managed by the Forestry and Beekeeping Department in the district.
Among them, 330 are modern and the remaining 70 are log hives, he said, noting that the reserve was established in 2005.