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Written by John Kiruthi

Am an accomplished agricultural editor with Farmers Trend Kenya. Am passionate on matters of farming and technology.

June 10, 2023

Beekeeping can be a rewarding and profitable venture, and providing training and support to the youth through the Youth Fund is a wonderful opportunity.

The benefits offered through the beekeeping project are as follows:

  1. Access to Hives and Beekeeping Equipment: Participants in the project can acquire up to 15 hives and other necessary beekeeping equipment. They have the option to pay for these items within a 12-month period, allowing them to start their beekeeping journey without significant upfront costs.
  2. Free Beekeeping Training: The project provides free training on beekeeping techniques and practices. This training will equip the youth with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage their beehives and engage in effective beekeeping practices.
  3. Free Technical Support: Participants will receive ongoing technical support to address any challenges they may encounter during their beekeeping journey. This support ensures that they can seek guidance and assistance whenever needed, improving their chances of success in the field.
  4. Access to Market for Bee Products: The project offers a guaranteed market for various bee products over a period of five years. The specified products include:
    • Bee Pollen: Priced at 6800 per kilogram.
    • Propolis: Priced at 1900 per kilogram.
    • Royal Jelly: Priced at 38,000 per kilogram.
    • Wax: Priced at 700 per kilogram.
    • Bee Venom: Priced at 4,000 per gram.
    • Honey: Priced at 500 per kilogram.
  5. Income Generation: Beekeeping can be a profitable enterprise, and by participating in the project, the youth have the opportunity to generate income. Selling bee products such as honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly, wax, and bee venom can provide a steady source of revenue for the participants.
  6. Environmental Impact: Beekeeping plays a crucial role in pollination, contributing to the health and biodiversity of the local ecosystem. By engaging in beekeeping, the youth actively contribute to the preservation and conservation of the environment.
  7. Entrepreneurship and Skills Development: Beekeeping training and participation in the project can foster entrepreneurship skills among the youth. They learn about business management, marketing, and value addition to bee products, which can be applied not only to beekeeping but also to other entrepreneurial ventures in the future.
  8. Networking and Collaboration: The project creates an opportunity for the youth to connect with other beekeepers, industry experts, and potential buyers. This networking and collaboration can lead to knowledge-sharing, partnerships, and access to new market opportunities.
  9. Sustainability and Long-term Support: The provision of free technical support and access to a guaranteed market for five years demonstrates a commitment to the long-term success of the participants. The project aims to build a sustainable beekeeping industry, ensuring that the youth can continue to thrive in this field beyond the initial training period.
  10. Empowerment and Economic Development: By targeting the youth across the country and providing them with the necessary resources and support, the project aims to empower young individuals, create employment opportunities, and contribute to overall economic development at both the individual and community levels.

By providing a ready market for these products, the project ensures that participants have a reliable outlet to sell their beekeeping produce, thereby generating income.

The beekeeping project in partnership with the Youth Fund offers a comprehensive package of benefits including access to equipment, training, technical support, a guaranteed market for bee products, income generation, environmental impact, entrepreneurship development, networking opportunities, long-term sustainability, and youth empowerment. It is an excellent opportunity for young individuals to engage in a rewarding and environmentally friendly business venture.

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