Fifty-four youth in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba district of Ghana have been trained in beekeeping and honey production by the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS).
The project is in line with the Sustainable Economic Development programme of PENTSOS, which aims at building the productive capacity of the youth and creating employment opportunities for young members in the church.
The exercise is being undertaken in partnership with Nkunim Foods, a private sector business in Ghana, which also acts as off-takers for the honey when harvested. The company supplied 62 hives to all 54 beneficiaries of the programme.
Speaking to PENTECOST NEWS during a routine monitoring exercise at Sawla yesterday, Elder Ing. Frank Adutwum, the PENTSOS Operations Coordinator, said that these community-level livelihood projects are income-generating will serve as an alternative livelihood.
“The ultimate objective of the beekeeping and honey production project is to improve on household income,” he said.
Elder Adutwum further stated that the project would also serve as a short-term measure in creating jobs for the members of the Church in deprived communities and reducing rural-urban migration.
PENTSOS and Nkunim Foods are currently embarking on a monitoring exercise to provide technical assistance to the beekeepers to enable them to harvest the honey without contamination.
After the harvest, Nkumin Foods, as part of the arrangement, would purchase the extracted honey, thereby creating a ready market for the product.