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Women cash in on honey-bees

Jone Kalouniviti
Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE women of Nadalei Village in Tavua are earning as much $500 per harvest from a bee-keeping project funded by the Department for Women in 2010.

The project has helped 13 women look after their families. It was showcased recently to the permanent secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

Nadelei women's group president Atelaite Makare said they received $5000 worth of material including five beehives from the department to start the project. "From the first harvest, we earned $300 and as the project matured we have continued to earn more money," Mrs Makare said.

"We are able to extract a maximum of 63 kilograms of honey and this is packed in bottles and sold in Tavua market at prices ranging from $8 for 750ml and $13 for one litre.

"Early this year we harvested three boxes and extracted 62 kilograms of honey — we earned $580; this despite two hives being damaged due to bad weather."

This week the village was boosted with a further injection of $5000 for the completion of the new Nadelei Women's Centre.

"The centre will be used to pack honey for sale and also for sewing and baking classes and awareness programs for the villagers," said Mrs Makare.

The village already had a fish pond built in 2012 with help of the Agriculture Ministry from which Mrs Makare said the village earned about $1000 in the last harvest.





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