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Why Honey

Why Honey

“Why Honey” is a start-up aiming to assist emerging beekeepers in the rural areas to develop sustainable beekeeping projects. And to build a fair-trade supply chain for honey and apiculture products by training women bee-keepers to become micro-entrepreneurs, and giving them assistance in organizing themselves into cooperatives. The initiative will also handle beehive construction, processing and the sale of the honey.

Our main aim is to support and train beekeepers in all aspects of beekeeping and to establish a constant supply of quality natural raw honey with emphisis being placed on Fynbos Honey. This is to be achieved by assisting existing small scale beekeepers in rural areas to grow their beekeeping to semi commercial scale, being 100 plus hives. Should areas be identified that has good bee forage and no beekeepers are present we shall train community members, ideally women, to become beekeepers.

Why Honey support these beekeepers through ongoing training, access to the RIGHT standard of beehives and equipment and mentoring in order for the beekeepers to grow to semi commercial scale.

Should the guidelines, as set out by Why Honey, be followed by the beekeepers we guarentee a minimum price and market for the honey.

At present the focus is on identifying the various training projects that has been conducted over the past 3 years in the Southern Cape area in order to find potential candidates to be assisted to grow to semi commercial scale. the various beekeepers are to be assisted to form co-operatives

2012:

  • Establish Why Honey co-operative in order for smaller co-operatives to join
  • Establish a bee education center where the public and in particular school children could be educated about bees and the importance of bees for the environment
  • Train 2 community members in bee removal to handle the problem of bees nesting in fire hydrants, electrical boxes and houses

2013:

  • Establish a central processing plant where honey from the region could be processed according to international standards
  • Increase the amount of hives of co-op's to 600

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