Community hive installation in the Andes
The beekeeping project began in October 2019 with the 4 community associations in Aldana, Cumbal, Potosí and Guachucal. Impulso Verde’s team selected a qualified beekeeper for the construction of hives, the breeding of queens and their colonies, and the formation of several representatives of the communities.
Beekeeper Oskan Kaymaz then undertook a first mission to do a field survey and validate the sites planned for the installation of the hives to the four partner associations of the foundation.
Twelve members representing the four community associations then conducted theoretical and practical training for two days at the beginning of November, at the same time as the hives were installed. Prior to installation, enclosures were built to insulate the hives and better protect them from the wind.
Thus, 18 hives were installed on the grounds of different members of the associations. The beekeeping material was also distributed:
- 18 beehives and queens installed (16 hives with queen and colony included and 2 additional hives of rescues)
- 16 complete overalls
- 7 Bee smokers
- 7 Levers
- 7 Brushes
- 7 Frame hooks
- 7 Deperculating forks
Beyond the essential role of bees for pollination and reproduction of plant species in that area, the aim of the project is to provide a nutritional supplement to beneficiary families (honey, pollen, propolis). In the meantime, they will also be able to generate additional revenue by expanding the capacity of the apiaries.