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Call for retired people to venture into beekeeping

Luke Rawalai
Friday, December 06, 2013

BEE farming is a suitable venture for retired people, says Vaturova villager Viliame Qeranoke.

Speaking at a bee farming symposium held at the Batiri Citrus farm in Dreketi, Macuata this week, the 60-year-old retiree said it was easy to set up a bee farm and little was spent to start up the project.

"In addition, like other agricultural ventures, it does not require a large piece of land or involve menial labour," he said.

"I started off with 16 beehives in my Nubu farm back in the year 2000 and it has grown to 46 hives this year.

"The 16 hives used to generate a profit about $2700 in three months and it was worth my effort."

Mr Qeranoke said he normally extracted eight 20-litre drums of honey during a harvest, .

"I used to extract a total of 240 litres of honey from the 16 hives that I started off which is sold at $7 a kilogram.

"Now that I have been given more hives from the Agriculture Department, I am looking forward to producing more next year.

"I encourage retired public servants like me to get in touch with their nearest agriculture office and take advantage of this worthy income-generating project," he said.

The Ministry of Agriculture's national co-ordinator Honey Industry, Kamal Prasad, said they were ready to work with bee farmers to increase the rate of honey production in the North.