Busy as a Bee: Breeding Industrious Bees in Malawi
A trial and error venture at beekeeping by Arnold Kasumbu in central Malawi, is now a successful integrated farming enterprise incorporating 160 beehives and producing honey for customers in Malawi and Kenya. It is also a site for educational visits for university students learning about agriculture. Arnold’s parents were tobacco farmers living in the Mitundu area of Lilongwe District in central Malawi. He recalls that his childhood was steeped in poverty as he observed his father put in a lot of effort in his farm with diminutive returns. Being the eldest of three children in the household, Arnold was forced to end his schooling in Standard 8, as his family could not afford the school fees. Resolving that he would not do tobacco farming, he began exploring other means of income generation that would entail fewer struggles. He wanted to become wealthy and take care of his family. Through his integrated farm and beekeeping, he has done exactly that! This is Arnold’s life story.