(1 Mar 2009)
Kisoro, Uganda, November 5th 2008
1. Wide of Kisoro beekeeping shop
2. Mid shot pan from from beekeeping sign to owners
3. Wide of beehive
4. Close of beehive sign reading 'East African Beekeepers Equipment Ltd."
5. Close up of bees
6. Wide zoom in of Kisoro Beekeepers manager Mr Francis Sekabuga pouring honey into jars
7. Pan from jars of honey to jar being filled
8. Zoom in to Francis Sekabuga inspecting hives
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mr Francis Sekabuga, Manager of Kisoro Beekeepers
"We train beekeepers in api-management management, honey harvesting, mature clean honey, and then we process it and market it."
10. Mid tracking shot through undergrowth to traditional bee hives
11. Wide pan of traditional bee hives
12. Close up of bee in Mr Sekabuga's hand
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mr Francis Sekabuga, Manager of Kisoro Beekeepers:
"This one is the tropical bees, because the European one, they differ from the European one, these ones are aggressive, we nickname them the killer bees"
14. Bees surrounding traditional hive
15. Wide of Mr Francis Sekabuga inspecting hives
16. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Mr Francis Sekabuga, Manager of Kisoro Beekeepers
"We sell our honey to the supermarket in Kabale called Loyal Supermarket, and Shoprite Chekers Supermarket in Kampala, and other honeys do get sold to tourists, who come from Europe, America and take as gifts to their friends at home."
17. Wide of Shoprite Supermarket, Kampala
18. Mid shot of entrance to Shoprite Supermarket
19. Mid shot of shop assistant stacking shelf with Kisoro honey
20. Close up of Kisoro honey jars
21. Wide of supermarket shelf with Kisoro honey.
In the foothills of the dormant volcanic Virunga mountain range, the small town of Kisoro straddles the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda.
The town is famous for its Mountain Gorillas as well as the ongoing conflict in the region which has led to a constant influx of refugees to the area.
What isn't so widely known, however, is it's fame for beekeeping.
These beautiful hills have given birth to a cottage industry based on honey.
It grew out of a small group of bee keepers in the Ugandan town of Kisoro twelve years ago and became a co-operative in 2005.
Since its establishment eleven years ago, its main aim is to be a collection centre to collectively process and market honey from producers.
70 year old Francis Sekabuga is a honey famer from Kanaba sub-county, just outside Kisoro.
He lives on his honey farm with his wife and eight children and has been keeping bees for over 30 years.
The co-operative, of which he has now been a manager for 10 years, has helped Francis make his honey farming more productive and economical, which means he is secure in the knowledge that he will be able to provide for his family.
He describes the complete process, from training beekeepers, to harvesting the honey and marketing it. The bees used are nicknamed the African Killer bees due to the aggressive nature of their personalities.
Beehives are traditionally constructed from timber, bamboo boruss palms or woven from forest climbers, and the honey is usually harvested twice a year between March - June and the secondary season in August - October.
The Kisoro bee keepers came together as honey producers through a domestic beekeeping project and formed a honey producing, processing and marketing co-operative fully registered by the ministry of trade, industry and tourism.
Bee keeping is important to this area of Uganda, not only does it help fight poverty at the household level but it also protects the environment.
The surrounding districts of Kisoro are protected for their nature and natural resources.
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