Our partner in Tamale Ghana, the Development Concern Centre has reported back on the progress of their Tree Protection through Bee keeping Project.
Using excessive fire/bare fire to harvest honey in the wild and in hives is now a thing of the past; this has stopped in the community. The indiscriminate bush burning through honey harvesting and hunting has been reduced; bush burning has been minimised in the community due to by-laws passed in the community.
Thirty women that were trained on improved beekeeping now protect the bee hives and protect the trees that the hives are under. Community bush fire volunteers trained are now vigilant and monitor the community trees. Community members are now gearing up to transplant acacia seedlings onto the field; acacia would be planted on rivers and dam banks and their surroundings in January, 2011.Mean while, land has been cleared in December, 2010 for the seedling transplanting. The beneficiary women, their husbands and the whole community do not cut trees haphazardly any more.
Many community people are learning how to keep bees instead of depending on felling trees for sale on the market days. Pure natural honey would be ready for harvest in March, 2011
Our partner in Tamale Ghana, the Development Concern Centre has reported back on the progress of their Tree Protection through Beeking Project. Two of the project beneficiaries clearly voice the impact of the project half way through the year.
Madam Fatima Issahaku received improved beekeeping training, nursery construction training and beekeeping inputs such as; one bee hive, protective clothing, wellington boots, honey harvesting smokers and hand gloves. As a result she has stopped felling trees and spread the news of tree planting and beekeeping. She said:
“I did not know that beekeeping can save trees, now look, nobody can go near my bee hive under that tree because people are afraid of bees. All bee hives under these trees are well protected, we thank God and ITF.”
Madam Memunatu Alhassan also participated and said
“The cost of a bottle of pure honey is far, far and far better than the fire wood we send to towns to sell, we thank Decc and ITF”.