Beekeeping has been pinpointed as an area that creates jobs and helps in Botswana’s rapid economic growth.

The government has further launched Agriculture Farmer Field School (FFS) in Phokoje farms and the school is in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture and FAO. The school will also home facilities for honey production.

The beekeeping field school initiative was aligned to the country’s Economic Recovery Transformational Plan post COVID-19 pandemic as well as the RESET Agenda which speaks to the creation of jobs along the commodity value chains.

“I believe beekeeping farmer field school will help a great deal in bringing together small scale food producers within the region to share ideas and come with creative ideas to confront production problems through sustainable agriculture,” Food Agricultural Organisation (FAO) official Ms Lesedi Mmopelwa said during the launch.

SPEDU Agribusiness services manager Mr Maiba Samunzala encouraged beekeepers to make use of the field school to sharpen their beekeeping skills and to expand honey production in the country.

Chief Animal Scientific Officer Ms Peggy Motakele said as farmers engage in improved production, they would also address shortage of honey produced in the country

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