Monday, August 27, 2007

Apitherapy and Development in South Africa

Honey of a Project for Poor Communities of Baviaanskloof
By Guy Rogers, The Herald (South Africa), 8/27/2007

Two subsistence communities will be reaping the benefits of an export honey production project which has been launched in the Baviaanskloof wilderness area.

Nine apprentice beekeepers received initial training from the Makana Meadery in Grahamstown, and meadery owner Garth Cambray would help to market the honey from the Baviaanskloof to his established contacts in Japan and elsewhere, Baviaanskloof Project Management Unit stakeholder engagement manager Eleanor McGregor said at the weekend…

In time, the aim is that the dependents could start a candle-making business from the wax. There is also a demand for propolis, a by-product from the hive generated during the honey-making process and used in toothpaste…

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