Luweero in Honey Production Campaign

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Luweero district entomology office has embarked on a campaign to multiply bee colonies to increase honey production and crop yields.

Luweero district entomology office has embarked on a campaign to multiply bee colonies to increase honey production and crop yields.
In 2009/10, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries under the Farm Income Enhancement project conducted research which revealed that bee colonies were on decline in the district.
The research also found out that this had impacted negatively on cross pollination among crops leading to low yields.
Henry Lule, the Luweero District Senior Entomology Officer, explains that as a result this year the Ministry of Agriculture introduced the farm-based bee reserve project as intervention to restore and multiply bee colonies.
Lule says that at least 20 bee keepers have been selected and each will be equipped with 20 bee hives. They will also be given all necessary equipment needed in modern bee keeping and multiplication.
He adds that the 20 model keepers will be used as hubs where 60 other bee keepers are trained with good apiculture practices and showcase other technologies.
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In the campaign, Luweero district entomology officers hope to increase bee population from seven million to 19 million bees and honey production from seven to 12 tons in the next five years.
The entomology officers believe that the bees will be able to walk at least four kilometres and cross-pollinate crops hence increasing yields.
In the Farm Based Bee Reserve Project, the Ministry of Agriculture will spend over 220 million shillings on facilitating the 20 bee keepers in Luweero district. The Ministry will also sponsor 20 bee keepers in each of other 23 selected districts which include Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Mpigi and others.
Moses Nganda, a bee keeper at Kiwamirembe village in Kikyusa Sub County is among the 20 farmers selected in Luweero. Nganda has already received 10 out of 20 bee hives to boost his apiary project.
Nganda says that he is hopeful of increased coffee harvests partly due to cross pollination from bees.
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There are 623 bee keepers with 2,830 beehives in Luweero district producing seven tons of honey and 1.5 tons of bees wax per year. Currently a 20-litre jerrycan of honey is selling at 270,000 - 300,000 shillings in Luweero.
The sub counties which are engaged in bee keeping are Butuntumula, Luweero, Kikyusa and Kamira.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.