Honey Provides Food, Income To Tanzanians
Misenyi District Council chairman Wiliam Katunzi, has appealed to agricultural and livestock extension officers in the district to sensitise people on the economic potential of bee keeping. He highlighted that a farmer can pocket between 200,000/- and 250,000/- from a well managed bee hive.
“People have no reason to complain. Bee keeping is a lucrative business,” he said. Misenyi District Bees Development Officer, Mr James Matekere, said the district had a total of 1,026 bee hives with a potential to produce 20,520 litres worth of honey per year.
In addition, bee hives can help keep elephants away from crops. Minimizing human conflicts with wildlife is an important part of preserving Tanzania’s heritage and its future. The country’s elephant population is being decimated by poachers, which means that all efforts must be taken to prevent them from becoming extinct in Tanzania.
He said efforts are being made to establish farmer groups and establish a bee collecting centre. Such activity is a sustainable form of economic development and one that can save the lives of people and wildlife.