The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) gave 150 bee colonies to the farmers from Lugansk and the Donetsk. Each bee colony has about 35 thousand insects — this is stated on the FAO website.
The bees were received by 50 small farms from the villages located eight kilometers from the front line.
Some of the beneficiaries are professional beekeepers, while others will try themselves in this activity for the first time.
FAO brought bees to Donbass to compensate for the lost honey harvest in this region. In addition, it will help other interested, in particular, unemployed residents of Donbass to join the profitable business.
Each of the farmers received three bee colonies and all necessary equipment for beekeeping, among which: 5 kg of wax, a protective form and mask, a chimney, a honey extractor and special filters.
In addition, representatives of FAO conducted several workshops for the beneficiaries and provided farmers with detailed guidelines on bee breeding and honey collection.
Andre Arriaza, FAO program coordinator considers beekeeping an important part of agriculture around the world, as well as profitable activities. In Ukrainian villages, with their limited income opportunities, beekeeping will help increase the resilience of vulnerable groups.
As we reported, within the framework of the emergency response program in Ukraine, 2.75 thousand households from Lugansk and Donetsk regions have already received young poultry from FAO.
We recall that last month, FAO also distributed Donbas farmers to rabbits.