FIJI NEWS

Kadavu women thrive in bee-keeping

By FARISHA AHMED The production of honey by women in the villages of Natokalau and Yakita in, Yawe, Kadavu is generating sweet success for communities there. A team led by
23 Feb 2014 11:11

The president of Natokalau Women’s Group Mere Vakaribiriki showing their bee hives. The project that has been funded by the Ministry of Women.

By FARISHA AHMED

The production of honey by women in the villages of Natokalau and Yakita in, Yawe, Kadavu is generating sweet success for communities there.
A team led by the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni visited Natokalau and Yakita to see the progress of the two bee-keeping projects which was funded by the Department of Women last year.
President of Natokalau Women’s Group Mere Vakaribiriki said the honey production has proven to be a profitable business for their group.
“There are 30 members in our group and they work hard to support their families,” Mrs Vakribiriki said.
“Last year we started the bee-keeping project with five beehives which has enabled us to earn income for our group through three harvests. So far the group has been able to save more than $700.
“This project has inspired women to be productive, to utilise the resources available to earn income for their families.”
Similar feedbacks were also provided by the President of soqosoqo vakamarama Yakita, Karalaini Tubuna, who said the 23-member group which started in 2009 was prospering.
“This project has been an eye-opener for Yakita women, with the realisation that they need to utilise the resources and skills available to earn income for their families,” Mrs Tubuna said.
Dr Luveni applauded the inclusion of men in developing the projects.
“Its motivating to see that men are supporting these projects and the ministry is encouraging export-oriented products and honey has a lucrative market,” she said.
“Their financial records demonstrate that they have made profit for each of the harvests.
“Through monitoring exercise we keep track of the projects to ensure its sustainability.”




Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: