Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Golden Bees Ltd (GBL).
Under the partnership signed on Thursday evening, the two institutions will work together to promote bee keeping in Bunyoro region.
GBL will provide modern transitional and traditional beehives to different community groups identified by the kingdom.
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom on the other hand,will mobilise communities using its structures to enable them benefit from opportunities that are available in bee keeping.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the kingdom Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Rt. Hon Appolo John Rwamparo said whereas Uganda has capacity to produce 500,000 metric tons of honey annually, the country produces approximately 1,000 metric tons.
There are many places in Bunyoro that are conducive for large scale bee keeping, Rt. Hon. Rwamparo said.
He cautioned farmers against killing bees through spraying or burning them.
“Killing bees affects yields per acreage,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the partnership will compliment the government’s target of producing 20 million 60Kg coffee bags per year by 2025.
The MoU is expected to increase production of honey and related products such as propolis, venom among others.
It is envisioned that the there will be increased household incomes among communities that will embrace the project.
The BKK Prime Minister Rt. Hon Andrew Byakutaga welcomed the partnership which he said will compliment the overall objective of BKK strategic plan that focuses on improving on the quality of life of the people.
He said the Kingdom will support projects aimed at improving livelihoods of the people because when majority of the people are poor, the Kingdom cannot achieve its target of a great and prosperous Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.
The Kingdom treasures cottage industries since they have a potential of developing countries just like they did in China.
Golden Bees Ltd was represented by its Director Mr. Asiimwe Patrick and Mr. Andereya Kirungi, the company’s Bunyoro regional Manager.
Bees have cultural and environmental importance as pollinators and producers of honey and medicinal products.
The movement of pollen between plants is necessary for plants to fertilize and reproduce.
Both farmed and wild bees control the growth and quality of vegetation — when they thrive, so do crops.
It is estimated that over 80% of people in Bunyoro derive their livelihood from agriculture.