A Non-Governmental Organization, Friends of Conservation have rolled out a bee keeping program in Narok County in efforts to spur diversification among the predominantly pastoral community.
The NGO is introducing bee keeping in schools for learners to gain new skills that will assist them venture into honey production in the future.
The Maa community has for eons practiced livestock keeping as a way of life. However, in the recent years there have been calls for diversification in light of among others, erratic weather conditions that have seen the community incur loss of livestock.
This in addition to the growing population and competing economic activities have put pressure on land whose result is a reduction in the grazing land.
In efforts to wean the community off the pastoral way of life, a non- governmental organization, has rolled out a bee keeping program targeting schools.
In addition to providing an alternative livelihood the program is aimed at honing business skills among students.
Area residents have welcomed the initiative terming it progressive and an effective way to conserve the environment.