Beekeeping Initiative at BCF Shows Impactful Results 🍯

Sunita Daniel, CEO of Export Saint Lucia.
Sunita Daniel, CEO of Export Saint Lucia.

Phase One of the Apiculture Project at the Bordelais Correctional Facility has been deemed a success by Export Saint Lucia’s personnel that included its CEO, Sunita Daniel.

The team, which recently visited the project, not only underscored the commendable achievements of Phase One, but laid the foundation for the eagerly anticipated implementation of Phase Two.

Initiated in 2022 in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the groundbreaking Apiculture Project engaged seven female inmates in an enriching beekeeping workshop, providing them with valuable skills and opportunities for personal growth and rehabilitation.

“We’re set to supply additional hives to the Bordelais Correctional Facility. Moreover, a branding and marketing initiative is in the pipeline. Soon, Saint Lucians can expect to find honey-branded products on supermarket shelves and for export, originating from the Bordelais Correctional Facility. The goal is to equip inmates with agricultural and entrepreneurial skills that will reduce the likelihood of recommitting once they leave the prison” Daniel said.

Phase Two of the Apiculture Project is set to be a transformative extension, focusing on the expansion of training initiatives and the conversion of raw honey into high-value products. This strategic move aligns with Export Saint Lucia’s ambitious vision to substantially boost exports of local honey.

Officials at the Bordelais Correctional Facility have strongly endorsed the project and have acknowledged its positive impact on the participating inmates. They also recognise the potential for broader community benefits.

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