A three-day training in Nasavu village aims to assist Fiji communities with restoring degraded land while also supporting livelihood opportunities.
The training is being conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Action Against Desertification Program.
During the training, participants will learn proper beekeeping techniques and the seven participating villages will also be given beehives which will be co-managed by the youth and women’s groups in each village.
“This training is seen as a win for both the villages and the environment as whole because while beekeeping can earn some good money for the community, it is also an incentive to protect and manage the flowering trees, grasses and shrubs,” said FAO National Project Coordinator, Action Against Desertification in Fiji, Maika Daveta.
“The honey is an ideal product and can be enjoyed for local consumption instead of sugar, not to mention the ecological value that bees in pollination bring to these areas,” Daveta said.
In addition to the training this week, FAO also provides assistance to farmers to develop their honey producing enterprises by providing training and equipment such as modern hives, tools, protection clothing and storage tanks in an effort to assist with enhancing pollination and increase honey production yields.
Communities also carry out large-scale restoration of degraded lands by replanting suitable native species and other species such as qumu, tiri, yasiyasi, tamarind which will attract bees.