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East Cameroon: Farmers take their first steps in apiculture

The populations of Tête d’Eléphant, Liguim and Lom 1 in the department of Lom-et-Djerem, in East Cameroon, benefited from training in modern beekeeping production techniques from May 13 to 22, 2024.

A training workshop organized by the Support Service for Local Development Initiatives (SAILD) aims to teach beekeeping, beekeeping production techniques, bee products and the benefits of this activity. The beneficiaries are 15 farmers from the Tête d’éléphant, Liguim and Lom1 villages in the Lom-et-Djerem department, in the East Cameroon region.

On the menu: ten days of theoretical and practical training. During the theoretical phase, participants learned about bee biology, reproduction, housing and feeding. They also learned about beekeeping equipment, including hives, smokers, coveralls, bee veils, frame lifters, bee brushes, beekeeping gloves and feeders. Beekeeping products include honey, wax, royal jelly, propolis and bee colonies. Annie Florence Youbissie, an agricultural engineer and beekeeping expert (trainer), emphasized the multiple benefits of beekeeping, notably on crop yields and human health.

45 beehives installed

The practical phase was based on the manufacture and installation of the hives under the
supervision of the experts. After assembling the machined board parts to form the hives, participants proceeded to disinfect the hive body and bars using the heat of a wood fire and gas.
At the end of the training course, the results were satisfactory and the objectives achieved. A total of 45 hives have been installed in the 3 villages: Tête d’Eléphant, Liguim and Lom 1. The beneficiaries are delighted. They expressed their gratitude to the initiators of this project and hope that actions like this will be multiplied.

The modern beekeeping production techniques popularized in these communities bordering Deng Deng National Park will enable them to continue their subsistence activities while cohabiting with the protected area without its ecological integrity being threatened.
Yet another success for the OC-Deng Deng project, entitled “Optimizing the conservation of Deng Deng National Park by strengthening the capacities of local communities living along its shores in agroecological practices”, initiated by SAILD with funding from IUCN through the BIOPAMA program.

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