DODOMA BEEKEEPERS COOPERATIVE SOCIETY

PROMOTING MODERN BEEKEEPING

The demand of bee products is increasing worldwide so there is a high potential of creating a reliable local and international market for beekeeping products in Dodoma Region.

DOBEC Mission is to create employment to the rural population through the introduction of beekeeping. This activity could improve their income through the sale of bee products. DOBEC tries to initiate the inclusion of women and youth in beekeeping activities. DOBEC also involves other NGOs and CBOs to engage themselves in beekeeping activities.

DODOMA: HIGH POTENTIAL BUT GREAT CHALLENGES

In spite of the arid climate Dodoma Region has great potential for the development of beekeeping. Many parts of the Region are covered in bush and woodland, mainly Acacia and Miombo. It is estimated that the Region could produce 6,000 tons of honey and 400 tons of bee wax annually. At present only one tenth of these is though to be produced.

While importance has been placed on the implementation of the national beekeeping strategy for increased production of bee products many problems have been encountered. These include;
*Lack of proper beekeeping skills and techniques amongst small scale farmers/ beekeepers;

*Poor traditional methods of harvesting, processing and storage leads to poor bee products quality;

*Unavailability of beekeeping and processing equipment;

*Lack of effective extension services to reach small scale beekeepers;

*Lack of effective marketing systems, quality control and transport facilities.

EXTENSION WORK AND THE ENVIRONMENT

DOBEC provides beekeeping extension services to individuals and groups in villages. DOBEC staff provides the services through consultations. The organisation also facilitates beekeeping training to group beekeepers or beginners interested through seminars, workshops study tours/exchange visits and field visits. DOBEC sensitizes beekeepers to produce honey of good quality and in large quantities.

Beekeeping requires little land and is an ideal activity for small scale resource-poor farmers. It also enhances the environment and increases crop yields through pollination. Beekeeping gives local people an economic incentive for the retention of natural habitats such as forests and therefore is an ideal activity in any forest conservation programme.

TANZANIA TOP BAR HIVES

The use of traditional log hives has a negative impact on the environment due to the necessity to cut down large hardwood trees for its manufacture. It is also not sustainable because after each harvest a colony of bees is destroyed. Much better is the use of the Tanzania Top Bar Hives (made of planed softwood timber), which can be opened and harvested without the removal of the bees. DOBEC encourages the use of Top Bar Hives in combination with proper designed protective gear. DOBEC trains beekeepers in manufacturing bee equipments from local available materials and at a reasonable price.

THE AIMS OF DOBEC
  • To introduce accepted bee production and processing techniques and the use of appropriate equipments and materials so as to increase both quality of honey and other bee products.
  • To promote indigenous ecological knowledge in beekeeping and bee behaviour and introduction of modern techniques.
  • To enhance beekeeping extension services to beekeepers to increase awareness on the importance of beekeeping and the need to manage properly beekeeping resources.
  • To enhance effective marketing systems through strengthening of quality control and provision of market information so as to secure a good reliable market for honey and bee products.
  • To promote self employment habit to the people regardless of gender and age through viable economic activities related to beekeeping and forestry.
  • To expose progressive beekeepers with practice and development of agro-silvo pastoralism.
ORGANISATION

DOBEC has been registered as a Cooperative Society in 1998. The initiative was started by a group of Forestry and Beekeeping Officers in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. The Society has six cooperative members and 25 individual members.

DOBEC
Askari Road, opposite HADO compound (see the map below)
P.O. Box 471
Dodoma - Tanzania
Tel/fax: (+255) 026 2321414
Cell: 0755-195126 - 0755-324741 - 0755 993758
Email: dobec1998@yahoo.com

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last updated: 8 July 2012