Beekeeper, Chrispin Daka
Chrispin Daka owns a farm near Msekera research centre. He keeps few livestock and grows field crops for commercial purposes. Presently, he wants to expand his honey business and this business requires a reliable water source. He is delighted that Jacana provided him with a partly sponsored borehole, expertise and guidance.
Expert Frank Leenen
Frank graduated as a tropical agronomist in Deventer, the Netherlands and has gained broad experience in various Latin American and African countries. Frank is proficient at assessing and describing opportunities in the area of rural development based on sustainable agricultural systems. Bee keeping for the production of honey, other hive products and pollination services, is his specific expertise.
Half June until end of June is harvesting time of honey in Eastern Province. The group of five people decided to meet each other at Mr. Daka’s house to harvest one of his hives. Mr. Daka together with an experienced beekeeper harvested one hive.
As agreed in the training with Frank Leenen, the participants meet once per 2 months. On the first of May four of the five participants met at Mr. Bandsons Tembo place to discuss about the progress made and see the bee business of Mr. Tembo. During the meeting the participants were sharing their experiences and challenges with each other and discussed about a flora calendar.
Next time they will meet at Mr. Krispin Daka’s place and together they will practice how to harvest honey. They will use protective clothes and the smoker. Mr. Bandson will teach how to harvest.
Unfortunately Mr. Chrispin could not attend the training given by Frank Leenen, PUM Bee-expert. That is why one of the participants updated him on the content of the training. Together they went through the power point presentation from Frank and practiced how to use the smoker and the bee-suits.
Mr. Chrispin is one of the five beekeepers in Chipata, Jacana is guiding. Jacana arranged a PUM expert from the Netherlands to train and guide these five entrepreneurs in expanding their beekeeping activities. First of all Frank from the Netherlands visited Mr. Chrispin’s farm to see how he is managing the beehives. Mr. Chrispin has 5 beehives and he wants to know more about beekeeping.
Mr. Chrispin, Mr. Bandson and Mr. Benedicto had a skype meeting with Frank Leenen. Frank is a bee-expert from the Netherlands. Frank comes in March and he likes to know the bee-keepers from Chipata before he arrives in Zambia. The three bee-keepers (2 were not present) told about there beekeeping businesses and the challenges they face.
Michael Soko, Edward Tembo and Moses Banda drilled a borehole at beekeeper Chrispin Daka. The first attempt failed, but the team did not give up and the second attempt was successful. They even made a ground water recharge system next to the borehole. The pump was made by welder George Chulu.
Mr Daka is a retired air force officer, married anda father of 8 children. He owns a farm of approximately 50 acres, grows field crops and runs a small piggery. His major plan is to expand his honey business if water is provided.
Having more honey beehives doesn’t cost much compared to having a borehole. In this business water is critical because live stock and bees require water. For that reason, he is very happy with his pump.
Crispin focussed in the business training on expanding in the honey business.
Jacana supported Mr. Crispin Daka with a partly sponsored borehole and bee-expertise
So he can:
- Expand his honey business.
- Manage his financial books proficiently.
- Provide education for his children.