23 July–2 August 2011: Trainers’ Training on ‘Beekeeping Management, Quality of Bee Products (Harvesting, Processing, and Value Addition of Honey and Beeswax) and Pollination Management’ in Kabul, Afghanistan

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A trainers’ training on ‘Beekeeping Management, Quality of Bee Products (Harvesting, Processing, and Value Addition of Honey and Beeswax) and Pollination Management’ was organised from 23 July to 2 August 2011in Kabul. The training was for progressive beekeepers and related staff of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Kabul. The Beekeeping Project, jointly with the ICIMOD Country Office, Kabul; MAIL, Kabul; and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agriculture University, Peshawar organised the training. Resource persons for this training included the consultant trainer of the ICIMOD Beekeeping Project Mr AN Shukla, and Professor Mian Inayatullah from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agriculture University, Peshawar.  This training used a curriculum that was newly developed by the project and its partners and approved by the concerned authorities in the regional member countries. 

Twenty participants, including seventeen men and three women, came from five different provinces of the country, including Balkh, Ghazni, Kabul, Kabisa, and Nangahar. Among these, 11 participants were farmers who came from different provinces and 9 were from MAIL. Despite the challenge, the project and its partners brought in 3 women for this training, representing 15 % of total participants. The group was heterogeneous, in that there was a representation of grassroots beekeepers, more experienced beekeepers, and the staff of a government department. Similarly, some participants already had honeybee colonies in their houses and were well aware of the behaviour of honeybee as well as colony management, while other seemed new and were not very comfortable working with the bees. 

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