RAB Trains Beekeepers

From 14th to 25th February, 2022, the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board in partnership with Rwanda Development Board and EG Honey conducted a training of beekeepers which took a place in the Capital City of Kigali.

The training focused on helping local beekeepers acquire relevant knowledge in modern beekeeping techniques, specifically on beehives setup and maintenance, caring for bees and beehives, apitherapy, apiary management, among others.

The training also observed on business management skills where trainees learnt how to handle the delicate beehives and how to care for bees. They also learnt the importance of pollination in the agriculture industry, as well as techniques of using bees in the pollination of fruit trees.

So far, RAB counts300,000 traditional hives, 75,000 Langstroth hives and 60,000 Kenyan top bar hives that found in five beekeeping major zones including Nyungwe Park, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes Park; Gishwati Forest and Kigali City (Mount Kigali, Mount Jari and Mount Juru).

According to the Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA4), the country envisages producing 8,611 Metric Tons of honey while the current production is estimated to 5,600 Metric Tons.