NARO CGS Apiculture Project

National Agricultural Research Organisation Competitive Grant Scheme (NARO – CGS)

The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organization TUNADO is implementing a one year project “Development and Commercialization of Bee Products in Uganda”under NARO CGS programme cohort IV. Rwebitaba ZARDI is the project host and is implemented in a consortium of 8 partners (Makerere University, TUNADO, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry & Fisheries, Four zonal agricultural research institutes (Rwebitaba in Kabarole, Nabuin in Moroto, Abi in Arua & Bulindi in Hoima) and National agricultural Livestock Research Institute .  

The overall objective of the project is to develop and commercialize bee products in Uganda.

Specific objectives of the project 

• To develop bee products (honey, bees wax, propolis and bee venom) to acceptable standards.

• To skill rural communities to add value to bee products

• To develop consistent marketing plan and linkages for bee products

• To capacitate communities with entrepreneurship skills to run their apiculture enterprises as profit making businesses 

• To synthesize, package and disseminate information on the innovative tools and technologies for adding value to honey.

Expected Outputs  

1. At least four bee products developed

2. At least 500 beekeepers and other actors skilled in adding value to bee products and by products of their choice 

3. At least a sustainable marketing model for bee products established   

4. At least 500 beekeepers received entrepreneurship skills to run apiculture enterprises as profit making businesses

5. All generated information on the innovative tools and technologies for promoting apiculture in Uganda synthesised, packaged and disseminated


BTC Supports Skilling beekeepers

Belgium Technical cooperation (BTC) in Uganda supports Skilling Beekeepers 

Belgium Technical Cooperation (BTC)is funding a one year skilling project in the Albertine region under the skills development fund, as part of the support to skilling Uganda strategy (SSU).  The project is being implemented at Nyabyeya Forestry College in Masindi district in partnership with TUNADO and Trias Uganda. The project aims at enhancing the employability of beekeeping graduates through a sustainable model of skilling college instructors and students (certificate and diploma) with entrepreneurship and hands-on practical apiculture skills. The initiative seeks to address the concerns of chain actors on the employability skills of college graduates. Skilling the graduates will ensure that they access employment in public and private sectors especially in  equipment manufacturing, value addition, apiary management among others. Graduates will also have the necessary skills to start up their own businesses and employ others. Increasing skilled personnel will lower the cost of extension services in the sector as well as assure quality extension service delivery. This will translate into increased adoption of beekeeping hence creating employment and source of income for youth and other farmers.

Implementation strategies 

1) Capacity building of instructors in practical beekeeping and didactics 2) Practical training of trainees in apiary management 3) equipment manufacturing and bee-product development 4) Provision of life and entrepreneurship skills through exposure and coaching 5) Provision of practical work based learning through an industrial training program with the private sector.

In addition to the Certificate in beekeeping and Diploma in beekeeping offered by Nyabyeya Forestry College, graduates who will participate in the project will be offered certificates depending on their field of specialty. These are:

1. Certificate in Apiary management

2. Certificate in bee equipment manufacturing

3. Certificate in bee product development 





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