Bee Keeping, by Bishnu Bhatta, PSD Nepal

Nepal has tremendous opportunities on the beekeeping due to the richness in the honeybee’s species and the availability of plenty pasture diversity. The beekeeping in Nepal contributes to the economics boost up of the rural and marginalized landless farmers. Besides the economic contribution from the bees’ products, beekeeping enhances the pollination services assuring the crop yields and helping to maintain the natural biodiversity from the Terai to the high Himalayans. Beekeeping has been in practice from an ancient time in Nepal. It is one of the potential sectors to generate the employment and increase the income for the people in Nepal. Beekeeping is landless and marginalized based farming provides the economic, nutritional, and ecological benefit

There is an increasing demand for the Nepalese honey in international markets specially based on the honeybee species floral sources thereby indicating a huge potential for beekeeping in Nepal. Beekeeping can be started with very low investment, so that, even the poorest person can go for it with very little support. Thus, the beekeeping enterprise is very useful medium for the alleviation of poverty in Nepal

These families are currently living well below the poverty line and as a result of their educational and social status there are few opportunities for them to improve their situation. Micro-credit projects are a well established and widely successful tool in breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the provision of training, and the necessary initial capitol, families are given the chance to develop an income generating venture that will allow them the opportunity to become financially secure. PSD has designed a project to work specifically with women who have even fewer opportunities. These women will be trained in the business of bee-keeping. This has been chosen due to the demand for honey and also because with the correct training this can provide a stable income for families in this region.

The whole project hopes to include 25 families in the local area and will get started once we have received donations for all 25 women. This project will provide all of the funds required for one woman; the initial outlay for the hives and the bees, the training course and also for technical support for a 24 month period. Your support with this project will provide an invaluable opportunity for a whole family; potentially giving them a long term solution to their financial difficulties.

It costs £105 to pay for all of the set-up costs and training for 1 woman to gain the skills and knowledge of bee-keeping. Can you help with this in any way?

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