Mothers of Invention
In Marigat town in the heart of Baringo County, Kenya, beekeeping can be big business. Problem was, when the men we're sent to collect the honey, they would return with half filled buckets, and lots of stings. Seems machine made protective bee keeping equipment at Sh4,000 is out of the price range for these people.
According to "Daily Nation", to get more women involved in the honey gathering they created their own honey gathering suits made out of gunny bags. “'We sell our gears at Sh700 each and hire at Sh200 per day to farmers who need. Last year we sold 20, this year we hope to surpass the number'. Faith Lekunosok, a beekeeper, says she has used the gear severally and finds it effective. 'Save for the sweating while in it, I have not found any other drawback. But I would rather bear the heat than bee stings or lose honey to our men.'
David Palla, a bee product and standards official at State Department of Livestock, says the gunny bag bee suit is much better than cotton-made ones. 'The kit does not cause deaths to bees,' says Palla. 'Bees normally sting on cotton fabric and die but they cannot penetrate nylon.' Palla encourages use of nylon material in the manufacture of honey-harvesting gears."
National Honey Council chairman Nzainga Kithuma notes beekeeping is male-dominated in the region, with men harvesting honey without gear. However, with such innovations, more women are joining the agribusiness amid growing demand for honey."
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