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Apiculture Restored Lost Hope

Update - Apiary Farming in Nebbi District Project by AFCE Uganda - Agency for Community Empowerment

Aciro Florence of Got-Aciku village, Ramogi Parish, Kucwiny sub- County in Nebbi District could not hide her joy as she narrates how she was able to transform her life and her entire household. Within a year “she was no longer the woman people used to see and despise, but a role model to both men and women” said Aciro.

Apiary Farming in Nebbi District Project by AFCE Uganda - Agency for Community Empowerment
Aciro Florence, a Beneficiary of an Apiary Farming Project in Nebbi District Project by AFCE Uganda

The 42 year old woman is married to a retired ex-combatant with five children. She narrated that, depending on farming for livelihood was something next to impossible because of unpredictable weather, no market and low prices pay for farm produce; life was generally unbearable. But today Aciro could hardly believe that she is ably taking care of the family and managing to pay school fees for her children in expensive secondary schools.

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She said, her luck came way back in 2012 when community connector USAID project came to her sub county and her group was among the groups to benefit from their project. She said she received training on nutrition, family planning, farming as a business, apiary management practices and good agronomic practices.

In 2014, her group was chosen to host an apiary learning site. They were trained and a learning site was set for their group by Agriculture service provider contracted by Self Help Africa. She took the training seriously and increased on the number of her bee hives. After six months she harvested the honey from her traditional hives, it was of poor quality and low quantity. She sold the product and made Kenyan top bar (KTB) hives, with continuous training and commitment towards the project.

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By May 2015 she managed to make 10 KBT hives and her quantity and quality improved, she said she got 230 kilograms of honey by August 2015 which she sold and got 1,000,000 Uganda Shillings (USD 300) that she used to pay school fees and buy some household items that she has been missing for long. Her advice to fellow women is that they should embrace CC see 10 practices for self-reliant and sustainable development.

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AFCE Uganda is a Non Governmental Organization that seeks to contribute to creation of decent work for young people by promoting a positive attitude towards work, providing life skills, conducting trainings and developing linkages for interdependence and development. For feedback write to info [at] afceug.org.

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