The Falls Resort Honey Project Moves Aheadon January 3, 2012
A year ago The Falls Resort decided that we must learn to harvest honey from bees. Beehives and honey in Africa used to be very common, but nowadays the art is dying out as more and more people move to the towns. In the past, the villagers would find a beehive in a tree, cut down the tree and take the honey. Of course, now we have better ideas and know that, if the bees and hives are looked after, we can harvest the honey without chopping down a tree.
Stain Musangaila, The Falls Resort Community Project Coordinator, has been researching bees and honey. He even went to Eastern Province, miles away, to visit a successful bee project on a farm. In the past couple of months the new beehives arrived in Livingstone and have been carefully positioned. There are no bees in them yet because we have not asked the bees to take up residence. The bees will be attracted by wax from a working beehive, so until we bring in some wax our hives have no inhabitants.
In the meantime The Falls Resort are working on the bee environment. Bees drink nectar from flowers which they take back to the hive to make the honey. We needed to make sure that the bees have flowers, lots of flowers, so that they are happy to stay near their hive. Being committed to a natural environment The Falls Resort have found indigenous plants which will flower throughout the year to provide the bees with food. These plants are being planted around the site to add to the already natural environment.
Ackson and Steven are two of The Falls Resort beekeepers in training. They are local men from Mukuni Village; Ackson is a subsistence farmer and Steven a curio seller. Both of the men assisted with the placing of the hives and are now helping with the introduction of the new plants; they are learning the names and the habits of them too.
The Falls Resort still have so much to learn about honey production but are committed to learning and to train our beekeepers in the process. The hope is that when we complete the journey from novice to expert in the honey-making process, we can pass the knowledge on to others. The Falls Resort hope it won’t be many years before we see the production of jars of Livingstone Honey on the shelves in supermarkets around the world!