Zomba district forest officer (DFO) Amon Kabango has said investment in bee-keeping is vital in income generation and environmental conservation among communities.
The officer made the remarks on Wednesday in Zomba during the launch of a bee-keeping training in Chingale Constituency.
He said the intervention, expected to benefit about 100 families, is in line with government plans of reducing hunger by ensuring that communities generate income to sustain their livelihoods.
“The initiative will also preserve the environment as communities will migrate from charcoal burning to beekeeping to earn a living,” said Kabango.
On his part, legislator for the area, Wallace Chawawa, said bee-keeping is part of developmental projects that can transform peoples’ lives in the area.
“Communities should capitalise on this project to migrate from poverty to prosperity,” he said
The beneficiaries will be provided with beehives, bee-hive kits and start-up capital, according to Chawawa.
About K3.4 million of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has been pumped into the exercise.