Beekeeping preserving trees in Zomba

Beekeeping preserving trees in Zomba

Assistant District Forestry Officer for Zomba district, Patrick Makupete has said beekeeping is helping the district to preserve trees.

Makupete said in an interview that most of the communities in the district have embraced beekeeping business and, as a result, they are guarding against careless cutting down of trees.

 “Each and every year, as a country, we have the tree planting season, but for so many years that we have been having this exercise, there is very little progress registered.  There is therefore need to change the way we manage our forest by teaching people beekeeping,” he said.

The forest officer cited Chingale and Zomba Nsondole constituencies as some of the areas where beekeeping is benefiting community members while at same time helping in preserving the forest.

"If you move around Chingale constituency, you will find thick forest as well as big trees. These trees and forests are protected by beekeepers who use those trees to keep their bees,” said Makupete.

Alex Mofolo, a forest guard from Zomba Nsondole constituency said a lot of people from the area were benefiting from the bee business and that they always guard against their forest.

 “You will never find those who are involved in beekeeping cutting down trees because they know that trees are contributing to their source of income," Mofolo said.

Alex Kasimu, a farmer from Zomba Chingale constituency said that ever since he joined the bee keeping business, his life has improved tremendously."Before I joined the group of beekeeping, I was struggling to find basic needs for my family, to the extent that I was involved in charcoal burning activities. But that is a thing of the past, I no longer cut down trees because, there more benefit in bee keeping,” Kasimu said He has since appealed to other communities in the country to venture into the bee keeping business and protect depletion of trees.M

"Before I joined the group of beekeeping, I was struggling to find basic needs for my family, to the extent that I was involved in charcoal burning activities. But that is a thing of the past, I no longer cut down trees because, there more benefit in bee keeping,” Kasimu said.

He has since appealed to other communities in the country to venture into the bee keeping business and protect depletion of trees.