It had been her ambition from childhood to be an entrepreneur, so while in school, Judith Akos Atamah, a young woman from Ho in the Volta region of Ghana, tried her hands on a few petty trading activities.
But her giant leap into the world of business came during her national service in 2013 while serving with the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission in Takoradi, Ghana’s western port city.
“We were on the field at one of the forest reserves, where beekeeping was going on, and one of the forest guards introduced me to beekeeping as something I could try. I got trained in it and started in 2014,” she told Xinhua.
Today, with her cluster of apiaries and other out-growers she trained, Atamah’s company JA24 Foods harvests an average of 2,000 liters of honey per month for packaging and distribution in 13 of the 16 regions of Ghana.
“Beekeeping is very exciting, and the bees are like human beings,the way you treat them determines how they work for you. We set hives at certain times of the year, especially in the dry season when bees split, and use essential oils and honeycombs to bait the bees,” she said.
“When the flies are drawn into these hives and are comfortable enough in them, they stay, sleep, eat, and produce honey for harvest,” the young entrepreneur added.
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