A teacher, who also practices beekeeping, is thriving in his apiculture venture as an alternative income source for his family in the Kiria-ini area of Murang’a County of Kenya,
Paul Njuki, 58 years old, divulged that ever since he was a little boy, he has been passionate about beekeeping, and therefore while growing up, he knew he would venture into it.
“Besides being a teacher by profession, I also practice beekeeping,” said Njuki, adding that his passion for apiculture stemmed from his late father who was an expert in keeping bees.
According to Njuki, he acquired this beekeeping skill from his late father who was a highly experienced beekeeper, who made a living out of it and got to educate him and his siblings from the income he made from selling honey.
“Whenever my father went to harvest honey from the beehives, he kept, he would bring along my brothers and me, and taught us more about beekeeping,” said Njuki.
Beekeeping as an alternative income source
Njuki observed that currently many people struggle to live in economically tough times and depend solely on one source of income to sustain their family to have a comfortable life.
“I cannot depend solely on the salary I earn from being a teacher and therefore keeping bees has helped me in having an alternate source of income from the sale of honey,” he said.
Njuki narrated that when he started his keeping bee ten years ago, he only needed a little capital since he had the expertise of setting up the beehives by himself without help, and the money he used, was paid back after a short while.
“I built my beehives by myself and I only need money to buy materials such as wood and nails,” he recalled.
Njuki sells a bottle of 250ml of honey for Sh250 and he sells approximately fifty jars per month.
He admits that just like any other business, keeping bees has its challenges and for him, bee-eater birds have over the years interfered with his venture.
“I started keeping bees 10 years ago and bee-eaters have over the years harmed the bees by eating them while others flee out of their beehives causing reduction of bees,” Njuki said.
Njuki said that as he is about to retire, he will invest highly in beekeeping and build more beehives as he has many clients that depend on him.
He urges the government to offer training to the youth and people who want to learn more about beekeeping, as it is one of the best ventures he has come across.