First Person: The honey business owner creating a buzz in northern Uganda |

“I used to work in an workplace, and folks would come to my place of business to promote ‘West Nile honey’, named after the area I come from. I used to be to see that my area was getting used as a model, and found that West Nile is without doubt one of the prime ranked areas in Uganda for the manufacturing of honey.

So, I made a decision that I might come again house, and begin an organization to serve my group.

UN Information/ Hisae Kawamori

Sam Aderobu, discovered of Honey Satisfaction

A product in demand

The product is in demand, each regionally and internationally, and has optimistic medicinal and meals properties. We realized that there’s sturdy potential to provide it on a big scale.

Nonetheless, many individuals on this area are solely gathering honey in a conventional method, as a passion. We determined to offer farmers steering, and supply them with the mandatory expertise as a result of earlier than, they have been working with none formal help; no-one was prepared to put money into supporting them to enhance the standard of their honey.

In the present day, we’re working with over 1,700 farmers, who harvest honey from apiaries on their land. We offer a dependable marketplace for them, which inspires them to provide extra.

Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru, Arua, northern Uganda

UN Information/ Hisae Kawamori

Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru, Arua, northern Uganda

Financial system, atmosphere and society

We imagine that if beekeeping is taken to a degree the place farmers perceive it as a as a enterprise, it’ll enhance their livelihoods; after we began the enterprise in 2015, a kilo of honey offered for round 3,500 Ugandan Shillings. In the present day it’s about 7,000 Shillings. This has motivated many farmers to enter beekeeping.

Now they will afford primary requirements, they usually don’t have to fret about going hungry. They will purchase goats and different animals, and pay their youngsters’s faculty charges. Some have even been capable of purchase property. Beekeeping is altering their lives.

Our imaginative and prescient was to be a market chief within the sale of sustainable beehive merchandise within the Nice Lakes area, and to promote globally. Our merchandise are actually assembly worldwide requirements, and are being accepted in international markets”.

We’re attempting to construct up a devoted administration crew, and lots of of them are younger folks. We’re getting assist from a programme run by the Meals and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which is addressing the angle of youth in the direction of agriculture, and the way they are often motivated to embrace agriculture as a supply of employment.

The younger folks we’re interacting with, are starting to appreciate that they’ve a giant half to play in nationwide improvement. So, whereas we need to make a revenue, we even have a social facet to what we do.

Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru and her family at their home in Arua, northern Uganda

UN Information/ Hisae Kawamori

Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru and her household at their house in Arua, northern Uganda

Overcoming the monetary challenges

Finance has been one in every of our greatest challenges. Due to a scarcity of finance, a lot of the honey-making course of have been carried out manually. Nonetheless, the UN Capital Growth Fund (UNCDF), has enabled us to get funding from the Uganda Growth Financial institution, and enhance a part of our manufacturing course of.

We are actually utilizing an electrical honey press, and have been capable of purchase a filtering machine to enhance the standard of our product. We’re capable of course of about 5 tonnes of honey in a month, which is a really large leap in capability, and I’m certain that we will develop that to about 15 tonnes.

We’re very grateful for the help we acquired from UNCDF, as a result of it additionally helped us to enhance our enterprise administration, improve manufacturing, and enhance the standard of our product.”

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