The national federation of beekeepers of Burkina has received a subsidy of beekeeping kits as part of the implementation of the support program for the competitiveness of West Africa, Burkina Faso component (PACAO-BF), funded by the European Union. The symbolic handover of these beekeeping kits was held this Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 in Ziniaré, the capital of the Central Plateau region, in the presence of representatives of the European Union, the honey interprofession, and the Ministry in charge of Animal Resources.
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200 beekeepers to benefit from the subsidized kits
A total of 200 beekeepers from the 13 regions will benefit from these beekeeping kits subsidized by the European Union within the framework of the support program for the competitiveness of West Africa, Burkina Faso component (PACAO-BF). These beekeeping kits amount to 5,400 and are composed of 2,000 Kenyan-type hives, 2,000 beehive stands, 200 full protective suits, 200 pairs of boots, 200 smokers, 200 frame lifters, 200 bee brushes, and 200 harvest buckets.
Thus, these kits acquired for the benefit of these beekeepers will allow them, according to the explanations of the president of the honey interprofession, Désiré Yaméogo, to increase the production capacity of the beekeepers of approximately 40 tons per year, that is to say 24 tons of filtered honey, representing a turnover of more than 72 million FCFA. Regarding the conditions of acquisition of these kits, the president said that there was first a call for tender and it is after the analysis of the files received that the 200 beekeepers were selected on all 13 regions. These beneficiaries, according to the terms of the contract, will each pay 50% of the cost of the equipment received, i.e. $408 (225,000 FCFA) out of the normal price of $818 (450,000 FCFA).
This acquisition is in line with the national policy of the Ministry in charge of Animal Resources, according to the technical secretary of beekeeping, Issoufou Nana, whose aim is to participate in the equipment and support of beekeepers to strengthen their capacities in order to improve the production and productivity of honey in Burkina.
The program officer for the private sector and trade at the European Union delegation, Abdoulaye Ouédraogo, said that this grant made under PACAO, supports three value chains including the beekeeping sector, which is done according to the value chain strategy of production, processing and marketing.
“The support provided to date concerns the production part, which will help beekeepers to have an adequate production capacity to meet the needs of the market. To this end, the income generated will complement the improvement of the living conditions of the beneficiaries, which is one of the objectives of PACAO in this area, whose financing amounts to 6 million Euros, or about $7.23 million (4 billion CFA francs).
According to one of the beneficiaries of the Central Plateau region, Albert Soala, these kits were really a need expressed by the beekeepers and given the quality of what was delivered, we can be reassured that the work of beekeeping will now improve and facilitate. That is why he thanked the donors, while wishing that in addition to these kits, we also accompany the beekeepers so that they can have their own spaces to conduct their activities in peace. “For each time, they are confronted with this problem of space, because when they settle on a space and the day that the landowner wants his space, they are forced to move and this disrupts the work,” he posed the problem of space.
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