Bakhadur Paluaniyazov Area Manager via web
During February 17-18, the UN Joint Programme, within the agreement on cooperation between the UNDP and Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA), in collaboration with the Forestry Department, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Council of Farmers has conducted a practical training for the beekeepers and the experts of the Aral Sea region with involvement of professional trainers from the National Association of beekeepers of Uzbekistan.
At the two days training, the beekeepers increased their knowledge and skills on various subjects including on overall development of the sphere, methods of bee raising, prevention and treatment of diseases of bees, marketing of produced products and other issues, knowing of which will ensure improvement of the work quality of the local beekeepers and enhance the development of the agricultural, economic and environmental sectors of Karakalpakstan.
“Bees support us to go greener by helping to pollinate and increase our harvests. It is very timely that we benefit from this training as we obtain new knowledge and skills in the area, that I plan to apply in practice soon” indicates Mr. Polat Mamutov, one of the training participants from Kanikul district.
The improvement of beekeeping sector is one of the important areas that also effects in the development of the agriculture of Karakalpakstan. This sector provides a great opportunity to improve several areas such as agriculture, economy, environment and health sector, ensuring a simultaneous positive effect in improving living standards of the local population.
In this regard, the UN Joint Programme has supported 58 local dehkans and farmers of Amudarya, Kanlikul and Shumanay districts, through providing them with bee boxes and all the necessary accessories (wax, bees, etc.). As a result, 58 beekeepers have significantly improved their economic conditions and were able to create additional job places providing opportunities for other interested farmers in their communities. In order to further extend the positive experiences in beekeeping in Karakalpakstan, UNDP in cooperation with TIKA has initiated a new project aimed at provision of equipment for production (processing/packaging) of honey and making wax bee hives. Considering the geographical location of the districts, and to ensure the effective service for regional beekeepers of Karakalpakstan, the project envisions establishing two mini-workshops on honey processing in Amudarya and Nukus districts of Karakalpakstan.
“Because of limited size of beekeepers in the region, the most bee farmers cannot afford to develop the critical mass of functions that are essential to access markets and secure market shares. Under such circumstances, establishment of honey processing centers in these districts will significantly impact to develop the bee farming sector in the region” says Mr. Kural Nugmanov, training participant from Amudarya district.
As a key project undertaken by UNDP Uzbekistan, the UN Joint Programme has helped to generate employment opportunities, improve rural livelihoods, introduce business advisory services, facilitate cross-learning and encourage entrepreneurship. In addition to improving the economic wellbeing of people in the region, the UN Aral Sea Programme also helped to enhance quality of the healthcare services, and creating opportunities for meeting needs for nutrition of 130,000 people, who’s wellbeing is directly affected by the Aral Sea environmental crisis. Visit the project page to learn more.