Executing Agency: – Ministry Of The Presidency – Department of Social Cohesion in collaboration with the Guyana Livestock Development Authority.

Background: – This project emanated from Inter Village Social Cohesion Exchange Programme, held at Kato Secondary School, Kato Village, North Pakaraima, Region # 8, during the periods 12th to 19th August, 2019. One hundred and eleven (111) young people between the ages of 15 to 25 years old and twenty two (22) guardians participated. This is the third year for this programme, with the previous two being held in St. Ignatious, Region 9 in 2017, and Anna Regina, Region 2, in 2018.

Presentations were made specifically to the Region’s challenges, namely, food and climate change, by various resource persons during the activity, with the intention to seek possible remedies and ideas from the youthful population from within the various villages.

Participants were grouped as per village to look at challenges affecting them and suggest solutions to these challenges. Some of the challenges identified are as follows: – unemployment, food security, training opportunities for young people, teenage pregnancy, poverty, drug abuse, school drop outs, amongst others.

The beneficiaries of the Inter Village Social Cohesion Exchange Programme 3 implemented this project.

This project aimed to:- 

  1. Contribute to develop the Region’s food security programme for communities in the North Pakaraima Mountains.
  1. The project in the short term will provide training for the young people  in the various communities, and in the long term creates employment with the intention of income generation as the project develops.   

Sixty-eight participants from seven communities were trained in both theory and practical aspects of Beekeeping. Dr. Dexter Lyken, from the Guyana Livestock Development Authority, conducted the training within the communities. The duration for this training was from the 10th to 26th November, 2019. At the conclusion of the training a complete hive was set-up in each village and the necessary tools  for this venture was presented to the various Village Councils.

The villages that participated and the number of persons trained in this project are as follows :-

1) Paramakatoi – twelve persons

2) Bamboo Creek – seven persons

3) Mountain Foot / Bash Vale – eight persons

4) Chenapou – twelve persons

5) Kato – 11 persons

6) Kurukabaru – sixteen persons

7) Kamana – 2 persons

The villages were selected based on geographic location; request made from the working groups at Inter Villages 3; access to transportation and access that allows for the sharing of information and human and other resources.

Participants were trained to construct hive stands, Hive boxes, and honey frames. They were also taught the proper use of the bee suit, to use the smoker and other tools used in beekeeping. Bee trapping was also taught to the participants, so that they can add more hives to their apiaries or trap bees that may have escaped from their hives.

All the tools necessary for beekeeping, inclusive of hives, which was transported from Georgetown, was presented to six communities, with the exception of Kamana.