First honey harvest by Choiseul bee farmers
The production of 30 litres of honey this month by bee farmers in the project areas in Choiseul showed the great potential the honey programme has in these areas. In four villages (Boeboe, Gorabara, Rarakisi and Sasamunga) farmers joined NRDF staff members to harvest honey from their hives. Especially the hives in Rarakisi and Sasamungaga showed an excellent honey production due to the good location of the hives and the commitment of the farmers to manage the hives well. According to NRDF staff members Stephen Suti and Tony David, the unspoiled surrounding (natural forests) contributes highly to the fast production of honey in these areas. At the moment the total number of hives in Choiseul is 16 which have the capacity (when in full production) to harvest 800 litres of honey annually, with an estimated value of USD$ 6,000 when sold to the local markets. NRDF will continue to develop and strengthen its honeybee programme in the coming years to support the livelihoods of the people the project areas.