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Belgium donates 15 motorcycles to support beekeeping ventures in Tanzania

In the ongoing bid to strengthen the apiculture sector in the Tanzania, the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) has donated 15 new motorcycles to the Beekeeping Value Chain Support.

Beekeping Value Chain Support (BEVAC) is an apiculture program funded by the European Union in Tanzania.

The motorcycles, valued at 131 million/- were handed to Beekeeping District Officers for Kakonko, Kibondo, Kasulu, Uvinza, Tanganyika, Nsimbo, Mlele, Sikonge, Kaliua, Urambo,Uyui, Ushetu, Singida, Ikungi and Itigi councils.

Beekeeping Value Chain (BEVAC) supports apiculture ventures in 15 districts of mainland Tanzania

The project targets to improve the beekeeping value chain through enhanced quality production, value addition of bee products and strengthened trade and access to local, regional, and international markets.

The Tabora Regional Commissioner, Dr Batilda Buriani who graced the ceremony urged the beneficiary district officers to ensure that the transport facilities undertake the required tasks and not otherwise.

“Since their inception, BEVAC projects have played a key role to help the local bee farmers to adopt the recommended technologies, including use of modern and improved hives, as well as adding value to bee products,” Dr Buriani stated.

Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation in Tanzania, Cedric Merel, said EU remains committed and dedicated to assist Tanzania boost the general performance of the country’s apiculture sector.

 “These 15 motorcycles underline our dedication to enhancing Tanzania’s apiculture sector. They are productive tools for efficiency, in ensuring beekeepers can reach their fullest potential and contribute to the local economy,” said Merel.

The EU official promised further support in the sector through the BEVAC project.

The BEVAC’s Manager, Martin Mgallah, said the project is being implemented in six regions of the mainland including Katavi, Kigoma, Tabora, Shinyanga and Singida as well as in the Pemba islet of Zanzibar.

“Through the project more than 2,000 Tanzanians have been trained on proper beekeeping practices whereas several extension officers were given modern beekeeping extension kits; protective suits, honey quality control measuring devices (refractometers), hives tools, bee smokers and other beekeeping equipment,” he added.

The project is implemented by the Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL), in conjunction with International Trade Centre (ITC) under the coordination of the Presidents’ Office Regional Authorities and Local Government (PO-RALG) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.