Besides traditional crop farming, which a majority of Ugandan rural farmers have engaged in for hundreds of years, alternative ways of farming are becoming popular and are being introduced into mainstream farming. The main reason why alternatives to traditional farming are now being emphasized is that they help rural farmers to have a diversity of farm products and to boost farming revenue. Prior to introducing alternatives to traditional farming, rural farmers often engaged in growing and cultivating a limited selection of crops which were primarily staple in their region. For instance, in eastern Uganda, millet is the primary staple food and as a result, a majority of farmers in that region concentrated on growing mostly millet. Eatbeta believes that if rural farmers’ livelihoods—especially in terms of income—were to improve, there must be some more diverse and supplementary farming activities other than solely relying on the traditional staple-crop/animal farming activity.
Although beekeeping is gaining ground in rural Uganda, a majority of rural farmers lack both experience and modern techniques to beekeeping. During the training session with rural beekeepers, several of them indicated that they were losing their bee colonies to beehive invaders—especially ants and moths. As shown in the picture below, the way how traditional beehives are constructed makes them very vulnerable to beehive invaders.
Join the Beekeeping CAMPAIGN!
Since modernizing Uganda’s beekeeping industry could increase the income potential of rural farmers, EATBETA has embarked on training and helping rural beekeepers to use effective and modern beehives. As modern beehives are of- ten beyond the financial reach for most rural beekeepers in Uganda, EATBETA is partnering with an experienced bee- keeper to find ways of making inexpensive modern beehives utilizing locally available resources. We humbly invite you to join EATBETA’s campaign to improve beekeeping in rural Uganda. If you are a beekeeper, your skills and expertise are especially needed to help train Ugandan beekeepers.
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Your financial donation towards the beekeeping campaign will be much appreciated.