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Apiculture Beekeeping Seen As Alternative Income Source For Macuata Villages

  Villagers of Mali District in Macuata Province have shown great interest on apiculture or beekeeping as a supplementary source of livelihood. The four villages, namely Nakawaga, Ligaulevu, Vesi and
13 Aug 2016 08:07
Apiculture Beekeeping Seen As Alternative Income Source For Macuata Villages
Training facilitator Sevuloni Debalevu (right) showing an attendee on how to use a smoker while harvesting honey on Mali Island. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

 

Villagers of Mali District in Macuata Province have shown great interest on apiculture or beekeeping as a supplementary source of livelihood.

The four villages, namely Nakawaga, Ligaulevu, Vesi and Matailabasa, otherwise rely solely on the sea for their livelihood.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in this accord, held a honey extraction workshop at Naikawaga village on Mali Island for beekeepers on Thursday.

WWF Fiji Community Development Programme Support Officer Jalesi Korotini said this was a part of their plan to help sustain the Great Sea Reef which the people of Mali solely depend on.

“The honey bee project would help them formulate other businesses and would increase the fish stock on the Great Sea Reef,” he said.

“This is another form of income for the money people and in particular their individual livelihood.”

Mata-ni-tikina ko Mali Seru Moce said compared to other forms of agriculture, this branch was a viable alternative for them.

“We had received 20 double-boxes for each of the four villages on the district last year and so far it has been going well,” Mr Moce said.

Mr Moce said this joint venture between the Government and WWF helped rake in earnings for the villages.

“Two villages, Vesi and Nakawaga, where we managed to harvest honey from last year, earned a total of $1000 each,” he said.

“These funds have been given to their village committee for their village projects and development plans.”

The training held on Thursday came in handy for the villages of Ligaulevu and Vesi who were yet to extract honey from their farms ever since its inception last year.

Salome Raivolita of Ligaulevu Village said the workshop had been a useful one for her as she a part of the team that monitors the bee-farm in her village.

The training was facilitated by Labasa commercial bee-farmer Sevuloni Debalevu who said bee farming was a sustainable way of earning for their families and community.

 

EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 



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