Samuel Okello, the Amolatar District Entomologist is one of the facilitators training apiary farmers in both districts. He says beekeeping is the easiest way making cash since it allows farmers to engage in other activities to diversify their income.income sources.
Lillian Ahairwe is one of the formerly unemployed youth that have found a source of livelihood through farming and value addition, particularly apiary. The 26-year-old originally tried passion fruit farming at their family home in Masindi district but later found passion in apiculture after a swarm of bees formed a hive within her passion fruit farm for nectar.
Bee keepers across the country are struggling to make a living out of honey despite availability of a big local and international market. A study comparing household economies of farmers in Arua, Kitgum and Soroti districts found that honey adds to household incomes of beekeepers yet this impact is still limited.
Hamilton Isoke, a beekeeper in Kisomoro Sub County says buying equipment to increase honey production is not easy. He explains that he constructs beehives using wood logs because they are less costly and readily available.