By Alex Byakatonda
Kabale District leaders have handed over beekeeping equipment to
farmers, who were evicted from the Kyanamira-Kabanyonyi swamp, as one
way of giving them alternative livelihood options.
The equipment that was handed over to the farmers on Monday at the
The private sector yard in Kabale town includes 125 bee hives, Overalls,
Bee brushes, hive knives, bee smokers, and queen catchers
According to the Kabale District Senior Environment Officer, Evas Asiimwe, the
The beekeeping equipment is part of a wider program aimed at giving
Farmers who have been evicted need alternative sources of livelihood.
the swamp beneath, the Wetland Resilience, and Building Resilient Communities
which is supported by
the Green Climate Fund.
The program is being implemented in 24 districts in the country, with
with support from the United Nations Development Program and the government of
Uganda. The main aim of the project is to restore it sustainably.
manage wetlands and support target areas in wetland areas of Uganda.
to reduce the risk of climate change posed to agricultural-based
AsiimWe add that the beneficiaries are groups of farmers who were
practicing agriculture, tree growing and dairy farming, along the
Kyanamira-Kabanyonyi catchment area. She adds that they have managed
It was to restore 900 hectares of the swamp, which had started to silt with
Its water has turned blown in color.
Under the restoration program, 160 goats, 189 piglets, and 18900
kilograms of mash and other farm inputs like potatoes, among others,
It has also been given to the evictees.
The District LC5 Vice Chairperson, Miria Akankwasa Tugume, who
representing the District Chairperson, Nelson Nshangabasheija, also
commended the government for providing alternative sources of income and
He stated that these businesses provide a means of subsistence for wetland evictees.
It will act as a source of relief and hope for them. She added that such
These programs are a manifestation of how the government loves its people.