Bee Keeping Activities Suspended After Echuya Forest Fire

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Patrick Byarugaba, another bee keeper from Kinyarushenge cell in Muko Sub County, says suspending bee activities from Echuya forest reserve will affect their income.

The management of Echuya Forest reserve has suspended bee keeping activities in the forest following a recent fire that broke out in the reserve. Echuya Forest is managed by Nature Uganda, a nongovernmental organisation involved in conservation work.


On Saturday, a huge fire broke out in the forest, which borders Rubanda and Kisoro districts and destroyed about 30 acres of trees. It took the combined efforts of Police, Uganda People's Defense Forces and residents to put out the fire.
 
Police has since arrested a man from Kisoro district who is believed to have lit the fire while harvesting honey from the forest. Now, Nature Uganda says it will no longer allow bee keeping activities by the neighboring communities in Echuya forest reserve.
 
Hebert Turyahabwa, the supervisor Echuya Forest Reserve, says the communities neighboring the forest reserve have continued using fire despite being equipped with other skills to harvest honey.

Henry Mftundinda, the Program Accountant Nature Uganda, says they took the decision to stop bee keeping activities to protect the forest from any further danger.

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Medard Hakimana a bee keeper from Gitebe cell in Kanaba Sub County in Kisoro District wants nature Uganda to step up its sensitisation campaign instead of stopping bee activities in the reserve.
 
Patrick Byarugaba, another bee keeper from Kinyarushenge cell in Muko Sub County, says suspending bee activities from Echuya forest reserve will affect their income. According to Byarugaba, the forest is very convenient for bee farming because of less interruption by human activities.

 

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