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BIA: 5-year Project launched to fight poverty
A five-year project to help fight poverty and provide people in forest conservation areas with alternative income sources has been launched at Kunkumso in the Bia District.
International Development and Research Council (IDRC) of Canada are funding it and it is a collaborative effort by academic institutions and community organizations in Ghana, Canada and Tanzania.
Under the project farmers in the Bia and Sefwi-Wiawso districts are being trained and set up in beekeeping. They are supplied with beehives and stands, hand gloves, hive tools, smokers, bee suits and brushes.
A number of them from Essam, Debiso, Kunkumso and Asuopiri had already benefited.
Mr Richard Gyamfi Boakye, a Beekeeping Consultant, speaking at the close of a three-day training for some farmers at Kunkumso, said the goal was to improve the lives of people in protected areas and stop the degradation of the reserves.
Returns on beekeeping, he said, could be substantial if properly end efficiently managed. One hive could yield five gallons of honey and at the current price of GH¢40.00 per gallon, a farmer could gross not less than GH¢200.00 at the end of each harvest.
Mr Boakye said the farmers are also being supported to incorporate wildlife into their land use by planting trees to improve wildlife habitat under the “Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction Project.”
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