More than 14 community reps in Small Malaita ended a three-week bee training at Afio, Small Malaita, Thursday.
The training was funded by World Vision under its Community Economic Development Project (CED).
The training taught the participants technics and methods of bee farming.
The aim is to help improve the economic conditions and livelihood of 15 vulnerable communities.
Facilitator Rex Ramoiau from Agriculture Auki said this is a huge achievement for the communities involved.
Ramoiau said that during the training people from within the 15 communities have had wonderful opportunities to come learn about how to breed the bees up to harvesting stages.
He said that during the training, participants managed to set up 45 hives.
“This is a big achievement to see 45 hives produced just within a span of three weeks.
World Vision’s South Malaitaproject coordinator, George Ganiau said the project aims to raise the standard of living for rural people.
“By engaging in income generating activities like honey bee, people would be able to meet their needs and raise themselves up from poverty,” Ganiau said.
“This is just the beginning of such training. There’s more to come.”
He said World Vision will help facilitate training for rural people and help them to find markets for their products.
He urged the community reps to make use of their new skills and help to raise the standard of living of their communities.