Bakhadur Paluaniyazov Area Manager via web
Recently, as a part of the evaluation process of the demonstration plots and business projects established with the support of UN Joint Programme one year ago, the project staff and the evaluator have visited over 10 bee farming demonstration plots in the pilot communities. As a monitoring result, four key findings based on the beneficiaries’ feedback became evident: (i) bee farming brings additional income to households that increase their economic and food security, (ii) bees help to increase much more fruit and vegetable harvests through pollination of the surroundings; (iii) beneficiaries are getting more knowledgeable in bee farming and enjoying it; and (iv) number of of bee families in the established demonstration plots are increasing. As one of the beneficiaries Djumanova Bazargul states “bees support us to go greener by helping to pollinate and increase our harvests”.
Since 2012, the UN Joint Programme ‘Sustaining Livelihoods Affected by the Aral Sea Disaster’ has been promoting alternative sources of income in the Karakalpakstan. Setting up sustainable bee-keeping industries has been an important output of this work. With a support from the UN Joint Programme 58 bee-keeping demonstration plots in the territory of four districts of Karakalpakstan.