There is another project proposal that KIHO has submitted to the U.S. embassy last Friday. We asked for the support of a beekeeping group called Umoja wa Wafugaji Nyuki Vumari (UWAVU or “Union of the Beekeepers in Vumari”). Since 2010, UWAVU practices beekeeping in Ruvu, an area of high-tension along the Pangani river basin, an ideal place for beekeeping. In the meantime, also the Maasai community has become interested in this activity and want to join UWAVU. Consequently, they need some external support. Therefore, KIHO wrote a proposal in English for them, based on several discussions and meetings with UWAVU and the new Maasai members. They hope to receive 60 “modern” beehives, equipment and harvesting tools.
On Saturday, a KIHO delegation returned from a four-day trip to different villages in Ruvu ward, located next to Pangani river basin. The area is in the lowlands in the extreme west of Same district and it is indeed very hot and dry there. Nonetheless, there is a lot of farming going on in the meantime thanks to water irrigation canals that has made the land very fertile. However, there is conflict and tension between cattle-keepers and farmers in the area. Both groups depend on water from the Pangani river (or the irrigation canals).
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