Churches Action in Relief Development (Card) has trained 24 bee-keepers in Thyolo.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the four-day training, Benoit De Rese from Belgium-based Exchange Organisation, said Card will continue supporting communities that are willing to embark on bee farming in the country.
The 24 farmers were brought from Namileme Bee Cooperative (NBC) and they were trained in the production of candles, floor polish, liniment, lotions and drugs that are used in bee farming.
De Rese said his organisation was impressed by Card activities and is committed to transforming the livelihood of beekeepers.
“I will not stop assisting other bee-keeping farmers because it is the only way people will know the importance of planting many trees. To become a bee-keeping farmer, you need to have as many trees as possible since the bees collect their honey through pollen from the trees,” said De Rese, after presenting the certificates.
One of the beneficiaries, Hilda Mafaiti, of Chilembwe Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mchiramwera in Thyolo said, before the training after harvesting the honey they were just throwing away the hives.
According to Card Assistant Project Officer in the district, Faith Banda, the project will benefit more than 350 households around Chilembwe and Masowa villages respectively.
Group Village Head Chilembwe hailed Card for the initiative.
“Now that we have been trained, we will work extra hard to improve our livelihood because in some cases, after harvesting the honey, we were just doing other household chores,” said Chilembwe.
The training was funded by an organisation from Germany called Bread for the World.
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