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Caldeira Calls For Skilled Beekeepers To Be Part Of Beekeepers Mentoring Programme

Fiji Beekeepers Association is looking for skilled beekeepers who are willing to mentor less experienced beekeepers for a one-year period beginning in January. John Caldeira who has been heavily involved
14 Nov 2020 10:53
Caldeira Calls For Skilled Beekeepers To Be Part Of Beekeepers Mentoring Programme
A team of beekeepers.

Fiji Beekeepers Association is looking for skilled beekeepers who are willing to mentor less experienced beekeepers for a one-year period beginning in January.

John Caldeira who has been heavily involved in the Fiji Beekeepers Association (FBA) said they started this back in 2016 and have been internationally recognised as a successful model for improving beekeeper success.

FBA’s 2021 Mentor Programme is funded by the European Union through a project named Farmer Organisations for Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific that is coordinated in Fiji by the Pacific Island Farmer Organizations Networ (PIFON).

One of the goals is the increased economic participation of women in agriculture, so Fiji Beekeepers Association will give priority to women mentor and trainee applicants.

“Mentors will work side-by-side with their trainees and teach them essential beekeeping skills. Teaching experience is not required,” said Mr Caldeira.

“The programme is intended for existing beekeepers to help them strengthen their skills.

“We urge all women to please express your interest and pave the way.”

How to qualify

The ideal mentor has six or more years of beekeeping experience. Prospective mentors are encouraged to also nominate inexperienced beekeepers in their area as their trainees.

Mentors and trainees may apply together.Trainees would normally already have their own beehives and less than six years of beekeeping experience.

How the programme works

Mentors and trainees sign a mentoring agreement with FBA for the knowledge transfer of specific basic beekeeping skills to be taught during six or more apiary mentoring visits in 2021.

Skills include hive inspections, management for honey production, harvesting, basic bee breeding, and disease and parasite control.Mentors are not paid.

However, Fiji Beekeepers Association will provide mentors and trainees with some unassembled hive parts for teaching/learning hive assembly and colony splitting, other training materials, and coaching and monitoring of the programme.

Beekeepers interested in being a mentor or a trainee should request a simple one-page application form by Facebook private message or email Mr Caldeira at email john@outdoorplace.org.

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, December 13.

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