A Peace Corps Volunteer, Mr Joseph Stein, has donated 140 bee hives valued at Gh¢7,000.00 to 30 farmers in some communities in the Upper Manya Krobo District.
Mr Stein, who worked for two years as a volunteer with the Krobo Danish Association (KROBODAN), presented the bee hives as a parting gift to the communities, where he served for the two years, to help provide the people with alternate means of livelihood.
The construction of the bee hives was funded by the Peace Corps Volunteers Secretariat in Ghana.
To ensure that the beneficiaries feel a sense of ownership, they were made to each pay a token price of GH¢ 5.00 per hive.
The farmers, who benefitted from the project, are from Bormase, Sekesua, Osonson, Prekumase, Bormase Dorse and others.
Presenting the hives to the farmers at Bormase, near Sekesua, Mr Stein expressed the hope that the pilot project he had initiated would benefit the farmers, who would also share their experiences and skills to other farmers in other communities to generally help to raise the incomes of farmers in the Upper Manya Krobo District.
The General Secretary of KROBODAN, Mr Joshua Nyumuah, expressed his appreciation to the Peace Corps, saying, the gesture was in line with their primary aim to help raise the standard of living of the Krobos.
Mr Prince Tinkorang, an Extension Agent of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in-charge of the area, urged the beneficiary farmers to take good care of the bee hives and consider the project as a business, which they would run for profit.
Mr Anthony Zinnel, Logistics Coordinator of the Peace Corps , expressed the hope that the beneficiaries would become future resource persons for the training of other farmers and community members. GNA