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Bee farmers cash in

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BEE farming has never been sweeter for a group of women of Drasa in Lautoka.

The sale of pure honey is generating much-needed cash for the Civicivi Maha Shakti Women's Club and their families.

Club members were honoured by Social Welfare and Women's Minister Dr Jiko Luveni who acknowledged the group's profit-making business.

Club president Anju Chauhan said despite challenges they were able to expand the business.

"We started in 2011 with five beehives given to us by the ministry, but now we only have three left because two were destroyed during Cyclone Evan," she said.

"Even though that was a challenge for us, we still managed to come out of that and work hard to get to where we are today."

The 10-member group packages and sells a 750millilitre bottle of pure honey for $15, and Mrs Chauhan said the group was doing well.

"In one harvest, we produce about 20kg each year and from that harvest we make about $70 to $80 in profit.

"The money goes back to the club."

Dr Luveni said the club's work was inspiring.

"It's always a happy and satisfying occasion to come and witness projects that these women's groups are doing, especially projects we have funded," she said.

"So, for the women of Civicivi Settlement, we have provided them with assistance in bee farming, we provided all of the equipment and now we can see the fruits of what we have invested in."

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