TGUP has installed more than 80 hives so far. Over 1/3 of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination, most of which is done by bees. Managed by Kiini, our longtime partner in Kenya, beehives have been installed for the local schools, villages, farms and forests in Kenya.
Our partner is in the process of inspecting all of the beehives that were installed a few months ago. All of the hives that have been inspected have bee colonies forming.
At Umoja Farm, just west of Mount Kenya, the farm grows a number of crops, including maize, bananas and cassava. The flowers on the maize plants have now set and it looks as though the yield will be triple what it has been in recent years!
At the Kabuga Farm, just south of Mount Kenya, all the crops have shown an increase in yield with the first crop of maize, arrowroot and banana crops doubling, and the french beans producing triple the previous yield.
Ithareini Farm is a little further south than the others. Here they grow french beans, bananas, pawpaw and macadamia. The hives are doing well and this has been confirmed by the first crop (french beans) that was more than double the yield of previous years.
The test hives installed at Ngungu last summer are already producing honey. This is one of the most successful projects we’ve ever done. Thank you to all of the people who donated hives!