Upon its establishment, the BAS has taken over the “Beekeeping in Bangladesh” pilot project.
The project has been conceived following the demand for Slovenia’s rich expertise in the field of beekeeping, as expressed by the largest NGO, BRAC, which promotes development and assistance in the most deprived countries.
The aim of the project is to develop small-scale family-run beekeeping establishments which will contribute to the household income, thus improving the quality of life for participants in Bangladesh. Another aim of the project is to raise the level of the whole technology of beekeeping in Bangladesh.
The BAS has taken over the project in the pre-implementation phase. The implementation itself will take the form of a training programme carried out by a BAS mobile trainer, who will train groups of selected candidates in Bangladesh who will later spread their knowledge to other interested families.
The experts from the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, working in cooperation with the National Veterinary Institute, the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana and the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association have prepared a detailed programme for the project implementation, including the purchasing of the basic beekeeping equipment and bee colonies with breeding queens for further beekeeping. The programme consists of on-the-spot analysis of the area where the project will be implemented in practice and the current state of affairs in beekeeping, a risk analysis of the project implementation and of the health status of the bees, an analysis of the keeping of queen bees and bee colonies, market analysis and a detailed timeline for the individual project phases.