The Star (Nairobi)

27 June 2012

Kenya: Farmers Opt for Bee Keeping

Farmers in Nakuru have advised people living near national parks to embrace bee keeping to ward off dangerous wild animals. Speaking yesterday during a one-day consultative workshop on food security and climate change, a representative of the farmers said bees will not only reduce human-wildlife conflict but boost the residents earnings.

"The bees will not only scare away the animals back to the parks but we will also harvest the honey which we sell to the tourists and the locals," said one of the farmers who presented the challenges facing farmers in the Nakuru town constituency. The interactive forum organised by Sustainable Practical Programme for Africa brought together farmers from Naivasha,Gilgil, Rongai and Nakuru Town constituencies.

Peter Waweru,SUPPA Chief Executive Officer said they will be involving the government and other non-state actors to help the farmers solve their problems and enhance food sustainability in the county. He said they have already collaborated with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute and Egerton University to produce drought resistant cassava. "In every constituency we will put the cassava under five acres and from there we will be able to distribute to other farmers across the county upon determination of its performance and suitability to growth.We want to break the dependence tendency on only maize," said Waweru.

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