COVID-19 has taxed people’s ability to provide. Right now 36 beehives can make a big difference to the farmers in Lendoiya village in Tanzania by keeping elephants out of farm fields and providing profitable honey.
Lendoiya village is near Arusha, in northern Tanzania. Arusha is the country’s third largest city, with a population of 416,000 people, plus another 323,000 more in the surrounding area. That’s close to ¾ of a million people!
Amongst all this humanity is the Arusha National Park. This protected wildlife space of 53 square miles is home to elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, warthog, monkeys, all kinds of antelope and even the elusive leopard.
In Lendoiya village elephants get themselves in trouble. When humans and these large pachyderms are neighbors conflict just happens. Especially as there are no fences around the protected areas. So right next to the elephants stomping grounds are farm fields. Farmers grow tasty crops like maize which the elephants find irresistible.
Elephants have large round feet, about 18inches in diameter. One adult elephant eats up to 300lbs of foliage in a day. As you can imagine, when a huge elephant and her friends invade a farm there isn’t much left for the farmer and his family.
Farmers are brave folk. They don’t take their crops being crushed and eaten lightly. They fight back with spears and clubs. Sadly, this generally doesn’t end well… for the elephant or the farmers.
This is where the beehives come in.
Several years ago now Moses Ryakitimbo learned that bees keep elephants out of farm fields. Yes, unlike we’ve been told, elephants are not afraid of mice, they’re afraid of bees.
Fast forward to 2020 and 56 beehives later.
Elephant herds have been diverted. Where there were once seven wildlife paths leading right through farm lands there are no none. Where once crops were routinely trampled by marauding elephants the maize stands tall. Where once farmers were terrified of the one tusked elephant, he has now moved on. Where once families went hungry they are once again enjoying the harvests from their fields.
As you can imagine, other farmers want in too.
36 beehives are needed now before the rainy season starts to protect more farms and save more elephants. The Lock-downs continue to force families to rely on what they produce. Keeping the elephants out of farm crops is now a matter of survival for these villagers. And the honey… what a delicious, welcome bonus.
36 beehives needed now
With the rainy season looming getting these next 36 beehives installed is crucial. Farmers are ready to plant and anxiously looking forward to a good harvest to feed their families. The honey… well, that’s a profitable side benefit. From the first harvest each farmer sold 4liters of honey for $40. That’s significant, the average small farmer in Tanzania only makes about $416.00 a month.
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