Swamp Evictees Given Beekeeping Equipment.

Swamp Evictees Given Beekeeping Equipment.

By Alex Byakatonda


Kabale District leaders have given beekeeping equipment to a section of farmers, who were evicted from the Kyanamira-Kabanyonyi swamp, as one way of giving them alternative livelihood options.

The equipment which were handed over to the farmers today at the Private sector Yard in Kabale town includes, 125 Bee hives, Overalls, gum boots, bee brushes, hive knives, bee smokers and queen catchers.

According to the Kabale District Senior Environment, Evas Asiimwe, the beekeeping equipment, is part of wider program, aimed at giving alternative sources of live hoods to farmers, who have been evicted from the swamp under, the Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda, which is funded under the Green Climate Fund.

The program is being implemented in 24 districts in the country, with support from United Nations Development Program and the government of Uganda. The main aim of the project, is to restore and sustainably manage wetlands, and support target areas in wetland areas of Uganda, to reduce on the risk of Climate change, posed on Agricultural-based livelihoods.

Asiimwe adds that the beneficiaries, are groups of farmers, who were practicing agriculture, tree growing and dairy farming, along the Kyanamira-Kabanyonyi catchment area. She adds that they have managed to restore 900 hectares of the swamp, which had started to silt with its water turning blown in colour.
Under the restoration program, 160 goats, 189 piglets and 18900 kilograms of mash and other farm inputs like potatoes among others, have also been given to the evictees.

The District LC5 Vice Chairperson, Miria Akankwasa Tugume, who launched the handover of the equipment commended government for giving alternative sources of income and livelihoods for the wetland evictees, saying that these enterprises will act as a source of relief and hope for them. She added that such programs are a manifestation that government loves its people.

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