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Women turn honey to cash

A women’s group in the Tikina of Tavua has started making serious money from its beekeeping project which started in 2010 with help from the Department of Women. The group
31 Mar 2014 12:32

A women’s group in the Tikina of Tavua has started making serious money from its beekeeping project which started in 2010 with help from the Department of Women.
The group relayed its thanks to the Permanent Secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta, who was in Nadelei village in tikina Tavua in the province of Ba while relating the success of the project.
The president of Nadelei women’s group, Atelaite Makare, said the group was earning tidy profits from bee harvesting.
“There are 13 members in the Nadelei Women’s group and we depend on subsistence farming and handicrafts to earn income. In 2010, the group had received $5000 worth of materials including five beehives from the Department of Women to start the beekeeping project,” she said.“From the first harvest we had earned $300 and as the project matured we continued to earn more money from honey marketing. We are able to extract a maximum of 63 kilograms of honey and these are packed in bottles and sold in Tavua market at prices ranging from $8 for750 ml and $13 for 1 litre. Early this year we harvested three boxes and had extracted 62 kilograms of honey and we earned a total of $580.”
– Ministry of Women




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