JIMMA-Undertaking a number of development activities is of significantly useful in providing the youth with a multitude of job opportunities, so stated Jimma Zone Livestock Resource Development Office. Launching Young Entrepreneurs in Silk and Honey (MOYESH) Programme in Jimma, Office Head Mehammedteha Abafeta said various development projects have been helping the society have income generating means.
Jimma’s MOYESH program manager Teshome Kumela told The Ethiopian Herald “This program is a five year project. Now we are performing well amid the pandemic and a range of security issues. “Our plan was to reach out to 6000 youths in both sericulture and beekeeping this year. We have almost secured 98% of our plan as we have already reached some 5800 ones. There are sideline businesses like nursery program, colony purchasing and selling, collecting wages and selling it for processers hand in hand running irrigation activities,” he said.
Targeting at enabling 100,000 Ethiopian youth to secure dignified and direct employment in beekeeping and sericulture value chains across the country, it is planned be operational in all states of the country. MOYESH is a five year programme (October 2019-October 2024) implemented by icipe (International center of insect physiology and ecology) in partnership with MasterCard Foundation and private-public sector actors in four states of Ethiopia (Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNP) and Tigray). “Of this, in Oromia alone the project targeted to reach 44 percent of the youth. The program has commenced in 10 woredas of Oromia focusing on 600 youth groups. All the enterprises have commenced the production of sericulture and beekeeping activities on some 300 hectares of land with which they are provided from the government.”
Now we, as MOYESH, are providing enterprises with beekeeping accessories like frame hives and colony of bee. MOYESH has provided 20 frame hives and 20 transitional hives each; they have brought additional 20 hives. Hence, the youth groups have commenced beekeeping using 60 hives. MOYESH program allocated 55 million USD at national level. A beneficiary of the program Asmamaw Taye told The Ethiopian Herald that “MOYESH has provided us with modern hives and vital technical trainings for beekeeping and how the side business can be run. Now our enterprise has started supplying honey to market. In this regard, we are successful. We have also planned to upgrade enterprise to a union level in a bid to invest honey and beekeeping at wide spectrum.”
BY MULATU BELACHEW
The Ethiopian Herald May 16/2021