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Honey Money For Udu

Three villages in the district of Udu, Macuata in Vanua Levu are enjoying the fruits of an agricultural investment they started last year. Vunikodi, Cawaro and Nukusa, through the Ministry
24 Nov 2014 09:02
Honey Money For Udu
First harvesting of beehives in the district of Udu in Macuata last Thursday. Photo: Aslam Khan

Three villages in the district of Udu, Macuata in Vanua Levu are enjoying the fruits of an agricultural investment they started last year.
Vunikodi, Cawaro and Nukusa, through the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests last year ventured into bee-keeping for honey production with the help of the Agriculture Department.
Last week they conducted their first harvest.

It earned them $2538 – from 282 kilogrammes of honey.

It was sold to the Agro-Marketing Authority (AMA) last Thursday.
The project was funded through the Commissioner Northern’s Office’s Integrated Human Resource Development Programme (IHRDP), confirmed project manager Aslam Khan yesterday.

Mr Khan said other villages like Nabouono and Nukudamu would harvest their honey before the end of the month.

“This was the first harvesting done in the district Udu after delivering two beehive boxes to each village last year,” he said.

“The Department of Agriculture had conducted two training on Basic Beehive Management and Honey Harvesting early this year.

“The Northern Development Programme (NDP) did the first training last year which was on business skills and they conducted financial literacy last month.”

Mr Khan said the district of Udu would benefit from the venture because of cheaper transport cost. The  AMA goes to Lagi Llanding in Macuata to buy honey from Udu, he said.

“The income would be looked after by the beehive committee in each village which will be used for village development. The Department of Agriculture does regular monitoring and inspection of the beehives in Tikina Udu and the next inspection is planned for this month.”

Mr Khan said bee-keeping had a lot of potential in the Northern Division because of the demand.

Meanwhile, as part of 2014 project, Tikina Dreketi and Seaqaqa beekeeping project had started the implementation which is anticipated to be fully completed by 15th of December.

“Tikina Dama in Bua Bee Keeping was implemented in August this year.”

 

Villages                  Honey Harvested        Sales ($9.00/kg)

Vunikodi                                77kg                           $693
Nukusa                                  117kg                           $1053
Cawaro                                      88kg                         $792
TOTAL                                       282kg                      $2538
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