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Te Tango Enua hopes to organize more beekeeping trainings through the Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Cook Islands – The first lot of thirteen students have successfully completed the beekeeping programme organized by Te Tango Enua.
The aim of the course educated members in bee health and bee retention where eight hives were distributed to the eight families who participated.
“Graduation was a great time to share what had been learned in the two sessions in theory and practical sessions,” said Treasurer, Heather Webber.
“Next on the agenda is to ensure everyone has a beekeeper suit, weather permitting we’ll be catching bees to populating our beehives – the first hive we set up is thriving after 6 weeks!”
Heather Webber said, “Our members are talking to friends and family which has led to another request to hold a second theory beekeeping session, a collaboration we have with the Ministry of Agriculture.”
Te Tango Enua hopes to organize more beekeeping trainings through the Cook Islands and making honey readily available at an affordable cost, giving beekeepers another source of income.
The training was funded by the Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP) Programme, a joint partnership between the European Union, Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON).