Beekeeping and honey production group formally registered

Head table: Canoville (left), Prevost and Benoit

The Pure Blossom Hives, a local bee keeping and honey production group, described as being born out of a spirit of determination, dedication and innovation but with a potential to fail, has been  formally registered as a cooperative since its inception in December 2008.

Pure Blossom Hives Cooperative (PBHC) Society Limited, now the legal trading name of the business, was the brainchild of Cedric Joseph, a previous owner of a small bee and honey production operation.

According to President of the PBHC Jahmackonen Benoit, the cooperative was formed from humble beginnings at a time when the future of the venture was not certain or guaranteed.

Benoit said that, “we saw this as a viable venture in a time when bees were facing serious problems from pests to disease to invaders   that were taking over colonies in different regions all over the world. And at the very first meeting it was made clear to all members that this was a venture that had potential to fail. This was a venture that was not a sure bet.  It was not something that you could just throw money at and expect high returns in a matter of weeks, in a matter of months.”

“… Because we were dealing with an industry that had difficulties, had challenges. The bees themselves were suffering from certain diseases and we had to address that first and foremost,” Benoit stated.

According to the president, the first business plan for the cooperative was convened in January 2009.

He said that as a requisite structure of cooperatives, all members were trained in the fields of bee production and business courses in order to be able to effectively manage the cooperative.

Guests at the ceremony

“Over an 18 month period, all the members attended various training programs and various workshops conducted by various NGO’S … In order to develop our skills in project writing, in planning,  in marketing and in bee keeping of course..  and I am proud to say that over these 18 months we have grown from of group of being bee lovers to a group that boasts several moderately proficient bee keepers…,” Benoit stated.

Benoit was proud to report a significant growth in group membership and bee production since the inauguration of the group.

“We have seen growth in our membership and more importantly we have seen growth in the number of hives that we now care for; from only handful 18 months ago, Pure Blossom Hives now boast over 50 hives and growing,” Benoit said.

Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central constituency Norris Prevost, who addressed  the ceremony, congratulated the newly  registered cooperative and advised the  practice good governance.

Commissioner of the Cooperatives Mariet Canoville who read a speech from the Minister for Social Services and Community Development Gloria Shillingford, also congratulated the team.

In her speech, Shillingford encouraged members to make good use of the business and aspire to expand the business to not only supply the local but regional market.

Canoville, who also presented brief comments, insisted that members make their investments a worthy one. She noted, “A cooperative is not a social club.”

According to officials, members invested a total of $60,000 into initializing the business.

The registration ceremony took place at the Public Service Training Center Thursday afternoon.

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3 Comments

  1. Environmentalist
    July 10, 2010

    Congratulations on your achievements thus far!

    I would like to see more attention placed on agricultural and environmental projects like these. It is Very interesting to note that this group has not received any Significant financial assistance from Any Government or Foreign/International Donor agency. While at they same time they have invested heavily in terms of time effort and capital inputs.
    It hurts to hear about moneys being spent by Government in unproductive sectors, while viable, sustainable and environmentally beneficial projects such as these are given little attention.

    just my two cents

  2. UNESCO
    July 9, 2010

    Contratulations to the executive, members and supporters of the Pure Blossom Hives Corperative. This is a mile stone for every one involved and should serve as the impetous for to run the next mile with added ferver! This is the type of initiative that is needed in all sectors to help boost our economy to the next level.

    So I just want to wish the corperative continued success and encourage Dominicans to support the PBHC!

  3. Out of South City
    July 9, 2010

    Great initiative for president and members of this cooperative. It is cooperatives like this that will engage in employing some interested people instead of walking the streets,

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